At our State Volunteering Conference, 8 – 9 June, you will hear from international, national and local experts in volunteerism. You will gain valuable resources to maximise the contribution of your volunteers, enhance the impact of your volunteer program, and advance your cause.

Over two days, there will be presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops to equip attendees with ideas, strategies, best practices and new networks.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have launched a national public consultation on statistics for volunteering and giving to clarify the data needs for information on volunteering and giving activity. The Australian Census has included an unchanged volunteering question in the past three Censuses. In light of this, the ABS is considering questions for Census 2021 and reviewing the questions accordingly.

Volunteering Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide a response on statistics for volunteering and giving activity. We would like to acknowledge the importance of volunteering to the Australian communities’ workforce participation, inclusion and social cohesion. There would be a gap in skills and services without Australia’s volunteering sector.

Nathanial is a Year 10 student from Parklands Christian College who is enrolled in the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Nathanial loves sport and has a passion for giving back to his sporting community. He has dedicated time to volunteering at the Jimboomba Little Athletics Centre where he undertakes a variety of tasks including coaching younger athletes.

Volunteering Australia is asking for your help to save crucial resources for Volunteer Support Services by signing their petition to regain designated funding. 

Volunteering is the cornerstone of community strength and unity, with approximately 31% of the population offering their time and talents to contribute to the good of society and the economy. Without the help of selfless volunteers, certain assistance – including some necessary services – would otherwise not be received by the people who desperately need them.