Volunteering Queensland is pleased to announce that the Hon. Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Family Violence has released the Partnering for the future: advancing Queensland’s community services industry 2017-25 and Action plan 2017-2018.

More than 18 agencies joined forces to thank Brisbane volunteers for their contribution to the aged care and disability sectors by organising Brisbane’s first Volunteer Leadership Forum.

The Volunteer Leadership Forum, held on Friday 25 August 2017 and hosted by Griffith University’s Southbank Campus, was a day of professional development training to build volunteer skills, meet others in similar roles, receive gifts and prizes of appreciation, and share in a delicious lunch. 

Volunteering Australia have provided a response to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs on the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised.

Volunteering Australia have made a number of recommendations, emphasizing the importance of supporting the volunteering workforce through the Aged Care Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework given their essential role in residential settings.

On the 1 August, Volunteering Queensland hosted a Volunteer Manager Network Meeting in Logan City. This informative gathering served to facilitate discussion and address a challenge that many volunteer managers face: Understanding how to engage volunteers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (CALD).