Volunteer support and recognition

Volunteer small grants

Volunteer small grants are available to volunteer community groups involved protecting and restoring natural resources in SA Murray-Darling Basin to support their activities.

Volunteer training

A variety of training opportunities are provided free of charge to SA Murray-Darling Basin volunteers throughout the year. Training topics include first aid, OHS&W, project management and a range of practical on-ground topics such as weed control, seed collection and propagation. If your group has specific training needs, you can contact us for assistance.

Volunteer OHS&W and insurance

Natural Resources SAMDB volunteer groups can access free insurance with SAICORP through the SAMDB NRM Board. Fact sheets providing information about volunteer insurance are available from the related links at the bottom of this page.

Using the management form templates helps groups ensure their volunteers are safe and enables them to satisfy the minimum requirements of the SAICORP volunteer insurance. These forms can be access from the Volunteer management form templates (fact sheet) available from the related links at the bottom of this page.

Starting a new volunteer group

The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board can provide advice, insurance and some financial support to new groups who wish to undertake NRM activities within the SA Murray-Darling Basin region. To register a new group, please download the Registration form for volunteer groups.

Local Action Planning (LAP) groups

Local Action Planning (LAP) groups provide support to volunteers and community groups across the region and may be able to assist with:

  • planning and project development
  • sourcing funding
  • sourcing partnerships with other organisations or industry
  • accessing technical information
  • accessing equipment
  • running effective community groups.

There are 11 LAP groups in the region:

Recognising our volunteers

Recognition of volunteers is important to us – there are a number of ways that the effort and contributions of volunteers are recognised and celebrated.

Volunteer celebrations

Each year, to celebrate and recognise the contribution made by volunteers in region, each of the four community-based NRM Groups – Riverland, Rangelands, Mallee-Coorong and Ranges to River – hold a local NRM volunteer celebration in their areas.


The Community NRM EUpdate is dedicated to highlighting and celebrating the efforts of community NRM groups and volunteers across the SA Murray-Darling Basin. If you would like to view previous NRM EUpdates please contact the Capacity Building Program Support on 08 8580 1800.


At a state level, the Joy Noble Medal is an annual award for outstanding volunteer service in state government volunteer programs. If you would like more information about the award and nominating for it, please visit the Office for Volunteers website.

Related links

More information

  • Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin
    110A Mannum Road, Murray Bridge SA 5253
    08 8532 9100