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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