Our strategic plan

Leading the way

We are the lead voice for volunteering in Queensland supporting this essential industry to thrive. As the state peak body we are solely dedicated to advancing and promoting volunteering. To achieve our vision we work across four strategic focus areas:

Our work is vital to ensuring volunteer-involving organisations can engage, manage and retain the strong, effective volunteer workforce necessary to advance their mission and cause.

  • We support volunteer participation that is inclusive, transformative, flexible and meaningful.
  • We inform policy, good practice, research and development, regulation and decision-making that supports the sustainability and advancement of volunteering. 
  • We actively campaign that investing in volunteering is fundamental to the continued prosperity of Queensland. Our industry is a vital force that fuels the economy, connects and enriches the lives of Queenslanders, builds social and cultural value, and protects the environment. 
  • We ground our efforts in inclusive practices and principles based on service, experience, evidence, transparency, accountability, consultation and continuous improvement. 

Our people

Board of Directors

Meet our skilled and passionate Board of Directors who bring with them a broad range of knowledge and experience that we hold so valuable to our organisation.

Our Patron

Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland

It’s an honour to have the Governor of Queensland as our Patron.  In her role as Patron, Her Excellency Dr Jeanette Young PSM will support our work and be a champion for volunteers in our great state. 

Dr Jeannette Young and her husband, Professor Graeme Nimmo are proud to serve all Queenslanders.

The Governor was born in Sydney in 1963, eldest daughter of Dr David Young and Mrs Lilly Young. After graduating from Medicine at Sydney University in 1986, she commenced her medical career at Westmead Hospital. During that time, she married, had a daughter, Rebecca, and transitioned to Medical Management, completing a Master of Business Administration at Macquarie University.

After her marriage ended, the Governor – with Rebecca – moved to Queensland in 1994 to become Director of Medical Services at the Rockhampton Hospital. In 1999, she relocated to Brisbane to take up the role of Executive Director of Medical Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and served on various workforce committees, including as Chair of AMWAC (Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee).

During this time, the Governor met her second husband, Professor Graeme Nimmo. In March 2000, they were married, and in June 2001 welcomed a daughter, Jane.

In August 2005, the Governor was appointed to the role of Chief Health Officer for Queensland, with responsibility for leading the State’s preventative health and public health agendas, including response to public health emergencies. In January 2020, when the COVID-19 virus outbreak was declared a pandemic, the Governor became the State Health Incident Controller.

During her medical career, Dr Young had specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and as a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She was also appointed Fellow of numerous other eminent education and research institutions, has received honorary doctorates from two Queensland Universities, and has received an Australia Day Achievement Medallion, as well as a Public Service Medal.

Her Excellency was sworn-in as the 27th Governor of Queensland on 1 November 2021.

Executive Management Team


Volunteering Ambassadors


Thank you to our investors, sponsors, partners and volunteers. Your valued support and commitment is important and makes it possible for Volunteering Queensland to develop and grow volunteering – we are able to do this by working together with you and because of the generosity of Queensland’s volunteers. 

We would like to acknowledge the network of national, state and territory volunteering peak bodies, volunteer resource centres and local hubs with whom we work together to lead a thriving and sustainable volunteering movement. 

Partners & Supporters 

Our organisation is proud to have strong bonds and support from a number of Government departments, corporate, educational and community organisations. 

We recognise and thank all of our member organisations. We acknowledge every agency, organisation and group who has partnered with us.   

We are proud to work with many schools, tertiary institutions and education providers across Queensland.  In particular we would like to thank all schools involved in our Active Volunteering program.  

Volunteering Queensland welcomes and gives thanks to Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM, Governor of Queensland for supporting volunteering by becoming Patron.

We look forward with great excitement and pride to working with and supporting Her Excellency over the coming years to ensure volunteering is accessible, productive and meaningful to all those who participate

We thank the Australian Government for their continued support, in particular:

  • Department of Social Services

We recognise the Queensland Government, who we work closely with, in particular:

  • Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy
  • Department of Education
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

We are appreciative of our strong partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland. We acknowledge the support we receive from local governments across the state.

We recognise and thank all our member organisations. We acknowledge every agency, organisation and group who has partnered on an event or program with us.

We are thankful to all of our corporate supporters, including:

  • AON
  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • Eduka
  • Salesforce
  • SEEK

We are proud to work with many schools, tertiary institutions and education providers across Queensland.

In particular we would like to thank all schools involved in our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative.

  • Australian Government Department of Social Services
  • Australian Government / Queensland Government Natural Disaster Resilience Program
  • Queensland Government Communities, Housing and Digital Economy
  • Queensland Government Department of Education
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