Volunteers in the Chaffey Electorate will be the beneficiaries of a policy to abolish fees payable by volunteers for Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) screening, under a Marshall Liberal Government.
The State Liberals will also address the excessive delays and wait times that have plagued the DCSI screening process under the Weatherill Labor Government.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said volunteers are the backbone of the Chaffey Electorate and abolishing DCSI screening fees for volunteers is recognition of their community service.
"Volunteers play an important role in the Chaffey community and it is important we lower costs to encourage more people to put up their hand to volunteer in our community," said Mr Whetstone.
"In regional South Australia, almost 60 per cent of the population do volunteer work with about 1.76 million volunteer hours worked across the state every week.
"The cost of volunteer screening and extensive waiting times are issues that are continually raised with me, with South Australia having the highest DCSI volunteer screening fee in Australia at $58.30.
"That’s why we will abolish fees that volunteers have to pay for DCSI screening, and work to address waiting times for these checks.
"This announcement is a win for the community in the Chaffey Electorate."
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall said being a volunteer should be a source of pride, not a financial burden, and more South Australians should be encouraged to get involved.
"We need to screen volunteers to protect children, people with a disability and the elderly but those checks shouldn’t become a deterrent for genuine volunteers," said Mr Marshall.
"We will also extend the We Do app, a database and rewards program for volunteers which also links them with volunteer opportunities.
"As part of this extension, the contribution of employers who support and provide people time off work to volunteer will be recognised.
"After 16 years of Labor, our passionate volunteers deserve to know we value their dedication.
"A Marshall Liberal Government is committed to supporting our volunteers, as they underpin the work of many non-government and not-for-profit organisations in our state."