Why is a Queensland group being funded to provide volunteering services in Tasmania? Media release.

Yesterday, Volunteering Tasmania CEO Adrienne Picone spoke at the Senate enquiry into the DSS Grants process.

Volunteering Tasmania has been vocal in its criticisms of the process, which has resulted in the vast majority of Tasmania being served not by Volunteering Tasmania; but instead by an external provider that has never been based in the State, and is without community connections.

The DSS funding guidelines emphasised the importance of place-based initiatives. Despite these guidelines, Volunteering Tasmania has only been funded to support two pockets of communities in the North West and South of Tasmania.

The DSS have provided Volunteering Tasmania with no rationale for this decision, despite many enquiries.

 

Read the rest of the media release sent today here.

 

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Background information can be found here.

Why is a Queensland group being funded to provide volunteering services in Tasmania? Media release. 2015-12-02T23:59:09+00:00

Our CEO Adrienne Picone speaks this afternoon at the DSS Grants process Senate Enquiry

This afternoon, at 2:45pm, our CEO Adrienne Picone will be speaking in Canberra at the Senate Enquiry into the DSS Grants process.

Adrienne will be discussing the flaws in the process, as well as the serious results, including that:

  • The vast majority of Tasmania will be served by an external provider that is not based in the State (and has never been), and is without community connections
  • The DSS have provided us with no rationale for this decision, despite many enquiries
  • These actions are at odds with the DSS’ stated objective of providing “a foundation for integrated, community-led program delivery that understands and meets local needs.”
  • The result for Tasmania has been a state peak body with a reduction in core funding, affecting our ability to continue the great work we do throughout the state.

You can watch Adrienne, and the other speakers live here

Volunteering Tasmania has a long and strong history of service to Tasmanians throughout the state. We have many strong relationships with individuals, organisations and local and state Government. We possess in-depth, localised knowledge, based on solid research and anecdotal industry feedback. We are committed to Tasmania and Tasmanians, and have a highly skilled and experienced team of local people. Like many in our sector, Volunteering Tasmania is frustrated by the DSS Grants process, and baffled by the results.

For more background, please see the following documents:

Volunteering Tasmania’s Submission to DSS Enquiry

Letter to Minister Scott Morrison from Volunteering Tasmania regarding DSS funding applications 2014-15

Media Release 18 March 2015 – Volunteering organisations tied up in DSS grants process and facing an uncertain future

Statement from the CEO regarding DSS funding 20 March 2015

Our CEO Adrienne Picone speaks this afternoon at the DSS Grants process Senate Enquiry 2015-12-02T22:51:36+00:00

Hobart City Volunteer Recognition Awards

Are you in the Hobart City Area?

Have you nominated someone for these awards? Or could your organisation be considered for the Best Practice in Volunteer Management Award?

Our CEO Adrienne Picone is on the judging panel and is very excited about this year’s event.

You can find out more here.

Hobart City Volunteer Recognition Awards 2018-02-19T16:38:58+00:00