In recognition of International Volunteer Day the 2019 Queensland Volunteering Awards are now open!

The awards will acknowledge the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer-involving organisations and businesses in bringing about positive change within their communities.

A series for three Volunteer Leadership Forums held in Logan (1 November), Brisbane (27 November) and Ipswich (28 November) were organised in partnership between Griffith University’s Community Internship Program, Flexible Living’s Volunteer Service, Volunteering Services Australia (West Moreton) and Volunteering Queensland, with the generous support of Logan City Council and Griffith University, following the success of 2017’s inaugural Brisbane Volunteer Leadership Forum. The vision was free professional development opportunities gifted to volunteers, and volunteer coordinators and managers, as a gesture of thanks for the important role volunteers play in the community, and the contribution of volunteering to society as a whole. 

Thank you for the generous offers of help to volunteer for those affected by the Central Queensland fires. We can always count on Queenslanders to want to help one another when times are tough.

However, at the moment authorities say there is no pressing need yet for assistance, and agencies have the situation in hand. Firefighting crews and emergency services teams are doing an outstanding job and we greatly appreciate their efforts.

Volunteering Australia and Volunteering Queensland have received a number of enquiries about the changes to participation requirements in relation to the Working Age Payments Reforms – Budget 2017-18. Please read this Q&A factsheet provided by The Department of Jobs and Small Business.

For more information on the Working Age Payments Reforms  Budget 2017-18 visit the Department of Human Services website or call 132 850.

Volunteering Australia has provided a submission on The Future of Employment Services. The submission outlines how Volunteering Support Services play a vital and often undervalued role in employment services, the need to improve online services and how volunteering produces better job outcomes for disadvantaged jobseekers.

Christmas is often a time to celebrate with family and friends, however many other families and individuals are often doing it tough and may need that extra support during this festive season.