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2016 Census reveals Australians still committed to volunteering
The 2016 Census was released today, with data revealing that Australians are still engaged and committed to volunteering activities.
27 June 2017
2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission - Volunteering Australia
Volunteering is integral to the Australian way of life, our quality of living and the ability of various organisations and governments to serve our communities. Volunteering Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to advise the Treasury on how best to resource volunteering as it prepares the 2020-21 Federal Budget.
20 December 2019
A reflection on the 2017 State Volunteering Conference
Volunteering Queensland's 2017 State Volunteering Conference was a resounding success, enabling volunteer-involving organisations to advance their cause, inspiring programs and people, and increasing overall knowledge and understanding of the volunteering industry. On 8 and 9 June 2017, over 80 delegates from across Queensland came together for the inaugural State Volunteering Conference. The delegates were presented with a wealth of information, strategic and practical advice, support and encouragement through engaging presentations by renowned experts, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking opportunities that prompted conversation on the volunteering climate. Many of the conference presenters travelled far and wide, from interstate or overseas, to share their knowledge and insights to better the future of volunteering throughout Queensland and the wider Australian community. We would like to extend our gratitude to all of our wonderful and inspiring dignitaries, delegates, presenters, panel members, facilitators, board, staff and volunteers who made the conference such a huge triumph. And, a big thank you to our conference sponsor Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
09 July 2017
Are you a secret volunteer?
Conducted every five years, the Census is the largest form of information gathering in Australia. The Census tells us things about the way that every day Australians live, and helps us to plan for the future. Statistics tell us that every year over 6 million Australians volunteer – but we want to know if that’s the whole picture. With the re-release of the National Definition of Volunteering in 2015, we looked deeper than ever before at the diverse ways in which people volunteer.
07 August 2016
Call for tougher legislative instruments to enshrine & protect the rights of volunteers
Volunteering Australia and Volunteering Queensland are alarmed to learn of the allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying against former volunteers in the ACT Greens during the federal and local election campaigns last year. The national, state and territory volunteering peak bodies are concerned at the lack of consistency and clarity around volunteer rights more broadly across the country. These allegations reinforce the need for robust mechanisms to be established to enshrine and protect the rights of volunteers in the workplace.
13 July 2017
Changes to participation requirements
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.
21 September 2018
Considerations for the future of the Volunteer Management Activity
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking submissions to inform the development of options for the future of the Volunteer Management Activity program post 30 June 2021.
14 February 2020
Corporate Volunteering in Australia: a snapshot
Volunteering Australia, Australia’s volunteering peak body and LBG (London Benchmarking Group), managed by Corporate Citizenship, have launched ‘Corporate Volunteering in Australia: a snapshot’. This paper pulls together data collected through Corporate Citizenship’s LBG framework that has tracked corporate community participation and value in Australia since 2006.
03 September 2019
Critical funding retained for Volunteering Support Services
Volunteering Australia and Volunteering Queensland welcome the news delivered by the Department of Social Services that funding for the Volunteer Management Program will be reinstated, following our Tower of Strength campaign.
13 July 2017
Guest Speaker: Ashley Fell
Ashley Fell was the guest keynote speaker at the Volunteering Queensland Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday 11 October 2017. Ashley is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and as Head of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle, she understands the need for organisations to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage and motivate them. Her expertise is in how to communicate across generational barriers.
27 October 2017
Motion passes in Senate about Volunteer Management Services
Volunteering Australia is delighted that a motion from Senator Louise Pratt today passed in the Senate. The motion calls on the government to recognise the importance of funding volunteer management services and Volunteering Australia’s campaign to retain funding for volunteer management as part of the Federal Budget. We thank Senator Louise Pratt and Senator Jacqui Lambie for their support.
16 February 2017
Opportunities in your hand – GoVolunteer goes mobile
Volunteering Australia in partnership with Volunteering WA and Eduka Web Developers will today launch the GoVolunteer App in celebration of tomorrow’s International Volunteer Day. The App connects you to thousands of volunteer-involving organisations all over the country from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and is the ideal tool to help you find your perfect volunteer match.
04 December 2015
Response to Australian Government Compensation Scheme - Volunteering Australia
Volunteering Australia & State and Territory Peak Volunteering Bodies Response to Australian Government Compensation Scheme Volunteering Australia understands that the Australian Government’s compensation scheme for emergency service volunteers is a response to the current 2019-20 bushfire crisis and is not a precedent for permanent payments. However, given the concerning trend of falling numbers of emergency service volunteers, increased consideration needs to be given to such matters as the composition and structure of the emergency management workforce, in particular how volunteers are engaged, resourced and valued.
24 January 2020
Response to national public consultation on ABS statistics for volunteering & giving
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.
20 May 2017
The petition to help save crucial funding for volunteering has been tabled
Recently, Volunteering Australia asked for your help to save crucial resources for volunteering support services by signing their tower of strength petition.
27 June 2017
Updated FAQs for the definition of volunteering
Researchers Claire Ellis and Dr Megan Paull have updated the frequently asked questions on the definition of volunteering.
29 May 2017
Value of Volunteering Support Services
Volunteering Australia has released their 'Value of Volunteering Support Services' research project.
25 June 2018
Volunteering Australia kicks off advocacy campaign
Today, on Valentine’s Day, Volunteering Australia and State and Territory Peak partners hosted the ‘Share the Love’ for Volunteer Support Services event at Australian Parliament House to kick off a national volunteering advocacy campaign. Minister for Social Services Christian Porter MP and Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Social Services Louise Pratt spoke at the event, attended by politicians and representatives of volunteer support services from around the country.
14 February 2017