New definition of volunteering announced

Volunteering Tasmania has lead a two-year review into the definition of volunteering, culminating this week with the announcement of the new definition:

“Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.”

The way volunteering is defined has a critical impact.

The new, wider definition will help improve the understanding of the magnitude of the volunteer community; and aid in appropriate acknowledgement of the total economic contribution of volunteering to society.

The change in the definition may also impact on future legislation and policy, and lessening the distinction between profit making and not for profit entities in the growth of social enterprise in Australia.

You can read our Media Release here.https://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Media-Release-30-July-2015-New-definition-of-volunteering-released-MR-010-15a.pdf

New definition of volunteering announced 2015-12-02T22:35:34+00:00

Closing this Friday – Call for abstracts for the 2016 National Volunteering Conference

Do you have innovative ideas that you want to share with the volunteering sector?

Submit an abstract for the 2016 National Volunteering Conference today. The submission process only asks for up to 300 words about your ideas, programs and what you will bring to delegates.

The Conference is an excellent opportunity to profile your organisation, your innovative ideas and put you on the national stage in front of 100’s of delegates. Don’t miss your chance, the call for abstracts closes this Friday 24 July!

The 2016 National Volunteering Conference (6 – 8 April 2016, National Convention Centre Canberra) is the principal Australian forum for not for profit leaders, volunteer managers, policy contributors and corporates to come together to build knowledge, innovation, networks and leadership to advance volunteering. The Conference is proudly supported by Beyond Bank Australia.

Don’t forget – early bird registrations for the conference are now open!

For more information: www.2016nationalvolunteeringconference.com.au

Closing this Friday – Call for abstracts for the 2016 National Volunteering Conference 2015-12-02T22:36:17+00:00

New membership model announced! Get in quick to take advantage of the early bird price…

Volunteering Tasmania has listened to feedback from the sector, and members both past and present, and is pleased to announce a new membership model for the 2015/16 financial year.

The new model is designed to provide organisations with great value, in areas relevant to them.

To celebrate the new membership model, we are extending last year’s price until 5pm 31 July. Until then you can sign up for all the new benefits, for the same great price.

Find out more or join here…

New membership model announced! Get in quick to take advantage of the early bird price… 2015-12-02T22:37:49+00:00

ABS data points to a decline in volunteering – but should we be worried?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ General Social Survey data shows volunteering rates in Australia are declining for the first time in almost 20 years, with 75% of people surveyed saying they feel rushed or pressed for time.

Results of the survey released yesterday provide a snapshot of Australia’s progress on aspects of wellbeing, such as life satisfaction and community participation, and reports that volunteering in Australia has fallen by 5% since 2010.

The reported decline in formal volunteering is certainly concerning. However, it is worth noting that the definition of volunteering used in the ABS research differs from our definition as Tasmania’s Peak body. For example, the ABS did not collect data on digital participation, which, according to our State of Volunteering: Tasmania 2014 Report (SOVR 2014), accounts for 14% of Tasmanian volunteers.

Whilst there is value in longitudinal studies of this nature, failing to include these types of figures only captures the tip of the volunteering iceberg and doesn’t reflect the enormous number of informal time donations that are happening every day, which we recognise as volunteering in Tasmania.

According to the SOVR 2014, four out of five Tasmanians volunteered in 2014, donating a total of 7.1 million hours. The new ABS data states that Tasmania has the third highest rates of volunteering nationally, behind the ACT and South Australia.

Read the media release here.

ABS data points to a decline in volunteering – but should we be worried? 2017-09-25T11:01:04+00:00