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Dear valued supporters,
It is with great pleasure that I share with you a copy of Volunteering Tasmania’s 2018-19 Budget Priority Submission.
Our Submission to the Tasmanian Government, titled ‘Safeguarding Volunteering – Securing Tasmania’s Future’ – details a collaborative and multi-phase community development project designed to safeguard volunteering across our island – particularly in our regional communities.
The approach outlined in our Submission was carefully crafted over a number of months in consultation with a diverse range of individuals, community, business and government stakeholders including the University of Tasmania, TasCOSS, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
During our discussions with the community, we heard loud and clear the need for solutions to address a range of challenges facing volunteerism including compliance, volunteer fatigue, changing community expectations and the rising costs of volunteering.
Whilst these matters are not the focus of our 2018-19 Tasmanian Government Budget Submission, Volunteering Tasmania will progress these matters with impacted organisations, and continue to pursue collaborative strategies with our national, and state and territory counterparts to address these concerns.
This includes continuing our discussions with the national organisations who are leading the charge in the development digital platforms that will change the landscape of how compliance is managed for volunteers in the future. We will also continue our current discussions with the Department of Education, and other key Tasmanian education partners on reinvigorating volunteering in the Tasmanian education curriculum. We are also committed to continuing our investigations into best-practice volunteer management strategies suitable for all kinds of volunteers ranging from tourism, heritage and the arts to the environment and sport.
As you will see from our Submission, our focus for the 2018-19 State Budget is solely on securing funding for safeguarding volunteering for all organisations that deliver services in regional communities. We believe this is an urgent issue that required immediate attention and investment from the Tasmanian Government.
Over the coming months we will continue to lobby the Tasmanian Government for their support of our proposal, and we encourage (and welcome) your support in this process.
How can you support us? By contacting your local State Government representative and asking them to support our proposal!
Thank you once again, and I look forward to providing you an update on our progress in the New Year.
With kindest regards,