Get Involved 

If you’d like to help us help victims of crime, there are lots of ways that you can get involved with VSS. 

Training & Events

Throughout the year, we organise training and Community events around the most important issues affecting victims of crime. You can find out more about upcoming events by checking out the VSS Training & Events Calendar. 

Need a speaker?

If you are organising an event and you’re interested in booking a VSS speaker, please phone 1800 VICTIM to speak with our Training and Volunteer Coordinator. They’d be happy to help you.

Volunteering

Volunteers help out in all areas of our organisation. They offer their skills, their time and their experience to help to us carry out the work that we do to help victims of crime. As well as providing direct support to crime victims, our skilled volunteers help to run VSS campaigns and events, raise funds, and provide administrative support at our offices. 

Volunteer roles

There are lots of different ways that you can get involved as a VSS volunteer. Here’s a snapshot of the different types of work that you could be doing…

First Response Volunteers

First Response Volunteers are trained to provide practical support to victims straight after a crime at home or over the phone. First Response Volunteers give victims information about how the criminal justice system works and  the other support services offered by VSS. 

If you’d like to become a VSS First Response Volunteer, please register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

Hear how our First Response Volunteer (NAME)  helped (VICTIM NAME)  when (INSERT CRIME). YouTube

Court Companions

Many victims feel nervous about having to go to court to give evidence — that’s where our Court Companions can assist. These volunteers are specially trained to provide practical support and information to victims of crime who have to attend court. Court Companions help victims of crime by:

  • helping the victim understand the court process
  • organising access to a safe waiting area, where they can wait before they give evidence
  • going to court with the victim and being there for them before, during and after they give evidence.

Hear how our Court Companion Volunteer (NAME) helped (VICTIM NAME) when (INSERT CRIME). YouTube 

If you’d like to become a VSS Court Companion, please register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

Office Support Volunteers

Like any organisation, there’s quite a bit of administration involved back at the office. Office Support Volunteers generally help with front desk duties such as  directing phone calls, making visitors to our offices feel welcome and helping out our paid staff with other duties. 

Hear how our Office Support Volunteer (NAME) helped (VICTIM NAME) when (INSERT CRIME). YouTube

If you’d like to become a VSS Office Support Volunteer, please register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

Resource Centre Volunteers

The VSS Resource Centre is home to one of Australia’s largest collections of resources for victims of crime and the professionals who support them. 

Check out the Resource Centre’s online catalogue or sign up today to become a member of our Borrower’s Club – it’s FREE! Resource Centre Volunteers help our Librarian with the day-to-day duties of running a library, such as cataloguing and responding to enquiries from victims of crime and professionals. If you have expertise in data entry and analysis, interviewing, developing questionnaires or other research skills and would like to donate your time to helping victims of crime, we’d love to hear from you. 

Hear how our Resource Centre Volunteer (NAME) helped (VICTIM NAME) when (INSERT CRIME). YouTube

If you’d like to become a VSS Resource Centre Volunteer, please register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

Public Speaker Volunteers

At VSS, we’re always looking for people who can help promote the work we do to community groups and other organisations. Public Speaker Volunteers get comprehensive training about the work we do, the history of VSS, and our current priorities. If you’re a confident public speaker, passionate about the wellbeing of victims of crime and would like to donate your time, we would love to hear from you. 

Hear how our Public Speaker Volunteer (NAME) helped (VICTIM NAME) when (INSERT CRIME). YouTube

If you’d like to become a VSS Public Speaker, please register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

Other volunteering opportunities

If you have expertise in other areas such as IT, media, marketing, or advocacy and would like to donate your time to helping victims of crime, we would love to hear from you. Please register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

Want to know more?

If you’re interested in volunteering with us and you’d like to know more, please take a few moments to check out our Volunteering FAQs or contact us on 1800 VICTIM.  We’d love to hear from you. 

Volunteering FAQs

Who can volunteer?

You must be 18 years or older to be a VSS volunteer. Not all volunteer roles require qualifications or previous experience, but you do need to be willing to donate your time to help victims of crime. 

How do I apply?

Applying is easy — simply register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

What happens next? 

Once you’ve sent us your application form, our Training and Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you within 5 working days. If you’re accepted for an interview you will be invited to your local VSS office where the selection process begins.

Do I need to submit a police check?

Yes, if you are accepted as a volunteer, you will need to get a police check before you start volunteering with us. Find out more about police checks and how to apply for one here.

Do I have to pay for a police check?

No. Police checks for volunteers who work with vulnerable groups such as children, the aged or people with a disability are provided free of charge by South Australia Police to organisations that have a Volunteer Organisation Authorisation Number (VOAN).  If your application to volunteer for us is successful, we will issue you with our VOAN.

Do I need to submit a Working with Children check?

Yes, if you are accepted as a volunteer who is working with children (some volunteers do not), you will need to get a working with children check before you start volunteering with us. Find out more about working with children checks and how to apply for one here.

I have a Working with Children Check. Do I still need to submit a police check? 

A police check refers to a National Police Certificate.  These are only available from South Australia Police and provide a national summary of an individual's offender history. 

Even if you have a Working with Children Check, you will still need to submit a police check to become a VSS volunteer. 

To apply for a National Police Certificate (NPC) download the application form from the SA Police website: www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/apply-for-a-police-record-check 

Will I get training?

Yes, our volunteers are highly and constantly trained to provide practical support to people who have experienced a range of crimes. You’ll receive introductory and ongoing training to support you in the volunteering role that you have chosen. 

What if I have more questions?

If you’d like more information about volunteering for VSS, call 1800 VICTIM . We look forward to hearing from you.

Membership

When you become a member of VSS, you support the important work we do to help victims of crime. You also become part of a growing community of like-minded people who want to create positive change for victims of crime and our community.

Join us Benefits of membership

As well as the satisfaction you’ll get helping victims of crime, you’ll also get all of these benefits when you join us:

  • The latest edition of Victim’s Voice emailed to you every quarter to keep you up to date with all the latest VSS news and events
  • Discounted tickets to VSS events
  • Contributing to submissions to Government
  • The right to stand for election and vote for VSS Board Members at our AGM

Join us How to become a member

When you become a Member of the VSS, you contribute to supporting victims of crime in South Australia.  Simply fill out a Member Registration form.

Renew your membership

Thank you very much for your continued support. To renew your membership, simply fill out the Membership Renewal form.

Help

Need help with becoming a member or renewing your membership? Call 1800 VICTIM  and we’ll help you out.

Sponsorship

At VSS, we offer a wide range of sponsorship opportunities and levels of commitment that provide a high degree of visibility for your organisation. Our Business Development team will work with you to create a customised sponsorship package that meets your organisation’s specific needs.  For more information, contact our Business Development Manager on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846) or email us at info@victimsa.org.

Current Sponsors

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Alliances

At VSS, we’ve been helping victims of crime for almost 40 years. We’ve long recognised the importance of creating lasting partnerships with organisations that share our vision.

Our alliances extend across the public, private and community sectors. They’re an integral part of our success in creating positive change for victims of crime in South Australia. 

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Attorney-Generals Department
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Department for Correctional Services
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Barriers to Justice 
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How to become an alliance partner

If you’d like to become an alliance partner and help create positive change for victims of crime in South Australia, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846) or email us at info@victimsa.org.

Student Placements

At VSS, we offer unique placement opportunities to university students. As a placement student, you’ll get to learn new skills and at the same time find out how we help victims of crime.  

Student placement areas

  • Clinical 
  • Research 
  • Advocacy and Media Relations

Student Placement FAQ

Am I eligible for a student placement?

To be eligible, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • you are studying law, criminal justice, social sciences or health sciences at Flinders University, the University of South Australia, or the University of Adelaide
  • your placement must be completed as a requirement of a course or topic that you’re enrolled in
  • your placement must be approved by both the university and VSS
  • you’ll be asked to submit examples of your academic work
  • you will need to get a police check. 

What type of students are VSS looking for?

We want students who: 

  • share our vision of a South Australia where all victims of crime get the expert support they need
  • are enthusiastic about learning opportunities
  • can communicate effectively
  • can demonstrate well-developed writing skills
  • can work as a team member
  • welcome feedback, and learn from it.

Will I get training?

Absolutely, and it starts right at the beginning of your placement with our VSS Induction Program. You’ll learn about the services we provide to victims of crime, our history and policy priorities, and the roles of VSS paid staff and volunteers. You’ll also get Occupational Health, Welfare and Safety training. 

In addition, you’ll get extra training which will vary, depending on what you’re studying and what area of VSS you’re doing your placement in. For example, if you’re a social work or psychology student, you’ll get ongoing training from your supervisor to support you in your contact with clients during appointments.  

How do I apply?

Simply register your interest by completing an expression of interest form

Do I need to provide any supporting documentation?

Yes, you will need to provide: 

  • a current transcript from your university
  • 2 examples of graded papers that you have written (maximum 2000 words per paper)

You can lodge these documents online when you complete the expression of interest form

What happens after I apply? 

Our Training and Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you within 5 working days. If you’re accepted for an interview, you’ll be invited to your local VSS office where the selection process begins.

Do I need to get a police check?

Not straight away. You don’t need to submit a police check when you lodge an expression of interest form. But if your application and interview is successful and you’re offered a placement, you will need to get a police check to us before you can start your placement. 

Will I be paid by VSS for the work I do during my placement?

No, you will not be paid by VSS for the work you do during the placement. 

I’ve got more questions. Can I talk to someone at VSS?

Yes, we’re always happy to hear from keen students, so if you have extra questions about placement opportunities, please contact us. Call 1800 VICTIM and ask for our Training and Volunteer Coordinator or email student.coordinator@victimsa.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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