media release

Taxing the spirit of volunteers

“Minister for Volunteers Zoe Bettison needs to explain why volunteers are targets of the Weatherill Labor Government’s tax grab,” said Shadow Minister for Volunteers Rachel Sanderson.

“By the Minister’s own admission the South Australian economy is $5 billion better off as a result of the efforts of volunteers but this scrooge Government can’t keep its hands out of their pockets.

“This Weatherill Labor Government’s tax grab from volunteers runs the risk of discouraging people from providing their time and expertise in schools, sporting clubs, Meals on Wheels and many other organisations.

“The tax hike on volunteers will raise $3.21 million in revenue next year – less than the amount the Weatherill Labor Government has splashed out on the ministerial offices of Martin Hamilton-Smith and Geoff Brock,” said Ms Sanderson.

“Many employers including schools, aged care and disability services as well as non-government organisations, sporting and service groups require screening and background checks to comply with government regulations.”

Fees imposed by the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion will increase:

From $41.25 - $55.00 for most volunteers;

“Every volunteer, virtually every sporting and service organisation and many businesses are adversely affected by this tax,” said Ms Sanderson.

“The State Liberals have encouraged the Weatherill Labor Government to look at a simpler more stream-lined system that reduces bureaucratic red tape and associated costs to applicants.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s answer is to gouge those who sacrifice their time and work hard volunteering in their communities,” said Ms Sanderson.