Announcement from the Board – VT CEO Adrienne Picone to take position at the helm of national peak body.

Volunteering Tasmania’s board would like to announce that CEO, Ms Adrienne Picone, has resigned to take a position as the CEO of Volunteering Australia, the national peak body for volunteering.

Adrienne has been in her current role for nearly eight years and has led the organisation through substantial change and growth. As a result VT is poised to successfully continue its important role as the peak body for volunteering. Volunteering is strong in Tasmania with 4 in 5 people giving time to the community.

A word from Adrienne:

“The last eight years have been some of the most rewarding of my professional life. Volunteering Tasmania is a great organisation and I have been very proud to be at the helm of an organisation that is helping volunteering to flourish. I have met so many wonderful and inspiring people all doing their bit to make a difference to our community. The VT staff team are an outstanding group of individuals and I am very proud of our achievements.”

“I am very grateful to the VT Board, both past and present who are dedicated to the cause and have been a great support to me and the work of the organisation. I will miss everyone at VT, our members, and stakeholders; but I am pleased to remaining as part of the VT extended family,” Adrienne added.

A comment from Deputy Chair, Donald Coventry, on behalf of the Board: 

“Although the board was saddened by the loss of Adrienne given her strong working relationship with the board, staff, and stakeholders and her commitment to and development of volunteering in Tasmania and Volunteering Tasmania as a peak body, we recognise this new role for her is a significant opportunity. She has seen the organisation through change and leaves it in good shape to develop further. Her imminent commencement with Volunteering Australia will build further knowledge of Tasmania’s strong volunteer activity at the national level.”

What next?

Adrienne’s last day with Volunteering Tasmania will be the 23rd December.

The board has commenced the recruitment process and will announce Adrienne’s replacement as soon as practicable.

“We will be conducting a comprehensive recruitment search to secure the best candidate; to ensure a smooth and successful transition; and to see Volunteering Tasmania further develop,” Mr Coventry said.

Please join us in wishing Adrienne well for the future.

Yours sincerely,

Donald Coventry

Deputy Chair on behalf of the Volunteering Tasmania Board

Announcement from the Board – VT CEO Adrienne Picone to take position at the helm of national peak body. 2016-11-13T05:12:13+00:00

Feedback from our Special Network Meetings

“I wish I could bottle the feeling you get when you volunteer”

Over the month of October, the team at VT has headed across the State to hear from volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations. The information gathered at these meetings will help VT as we start to work on one of our key pieces of advocacy work – our Budget Priority Statement. This is important as it gives VT an opportunity as your Peak body, to talk about the needs of the volunteering sector as a whole. It’s still a work in progress at the moment – but here are some of the key themes we’ve heard over the last month:

  • Volunteer Involving Organisations facing unprecedented levels of change with the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Commonwealth Home Support Programme. Numerous concerns about how our volunteer workforce will be supported throughout wider industry changes.
  • The role of the Manager of Volunteers and recognising its importance was a key theme. These roles are critical to the success of a volunteer program, but are often not well understood within organisations, across government and in the wider community. More support for training, ‘best practice’ and keeping boundaries between paid and unpaid staff was identified.
  • Ongoing challenges around sustaining and increasing levels of funding –  making sure Volunteer Involving Organisations can plan for services into the future.
  • Insurance a key issue particularly for smaller organisations. One organisation noted that they spend 12 per cent of their funding on insurance. More support to streamline or make this accessible is required.
  • In general more support to help organisations manage WHS, reporting, compliance and Working with Children and Vulnerable Adults checks was needed.
  • Volunteer Involving Organisations in rural and regional areas found they were struggling to increase participation. Often a number of barriers exist (transport, ageing population, isolation, promotion of volunteering). There is a need to remove barriers and improve access to volunteering.
  • With Tasmania’s ageing population, Volunteer Involving Organisations were keen for more support in planning for turnover in the volunteer workforce – both in empowering older Tasmanians to volunteer and adapting roles to suit the needs of younger volunteers.
  • Attracting skilled volunteers was raised as a high need, with strong interest about how business and community sectors can share skills and knowledge
  • Marketing and promotion of the volunteering industry as a whole is required – we need to be better as an industry about communicating the value of volunteering to potential volunteers and in our own organisations. This is important to continue to make Tasmania a State known for effective volunteerism.

One comment that has stuck with us at VT across the past few weeks has been “I wish I could bottle the feeling you get when you volunteer”. We know the benefits of volunteering and how important it is to our community. We had so much feedback on how valuable our industry is, and how we need to promote this as being essential to quality of life in Tasmania.

We are continuing to consult with the volunteering industry and make our recommendations. If you have any feedback , thoughts or concerns you would like to raise contact our Policy Officer, Courtney at

Updates on our progress will be shared on this site, as well as through our E-News publication.

Feedback from our Special Network Meetings 2017-09-25T11:00:56+00:00

Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016

Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016 (433KB PDF)

Volunteering Australia recently made a submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committees. This submission reflects views from all State and Territory Peak bodies – including Volunteering Tasmania.

The submission clarified the volunteering sector’s concerns around the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016.

Volunteers in the emergency services save lives. They vital to the work of the volunteering industry. We are pleased, therefore, to see the Federal Parliament engaging with the issue of respect for volunteers within the emergency services. We welcome the opportunity to debate the contribution of volunteers to the overall well being of Australian society.

Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016 2016-10-23T23:03:53+00:00

VT makes submission to Senate Inquiry – 2016 Census

VT is concerned about the impact of the 2016 Census and the data captured around volunteering.    Many not-for-profit organisations use Census data to support their grant funding applications, as it provides vital information on the rate of volunteering in different areas.  Understanding where people volunteer is important –  we need to be able to understand where volunteering is popular – and importantly where there have been declines in volunteering.

Compounding the problem, the data in the General Social Survey really only shows volunteering activity at a National level, which is too broad for us to apply to a Tasmanian issue. And the data gathered under the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics has also been removed.  This collected data on the sports and arts sectors – work-forces that are heavily dependent on volunteer contributions.

As of September 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) stated that over 7.8 million forms have been received; but we don’t yet know if the 2016 Census will end up with significantly less responses, and if so, if it will still provide an accurate picture of volunteering activity.

To read our submission to the Senate Inquiry, view our Publications page under ‘Advocacy‘.

This issue was featured on the front page of Launceston’s Sunday Examiner.



VT makes submission to Senate Inquiry – 2016 Census 2016-11-13T05:14:57+00:00

Special Network Meetings – Sector Issues Consultation

Every year, staff from Volunteering Tasmania visit communities across the State to discuss how we could best promote effective volunteerism, and advocate for the volunteering sector.

Please join us for this Special Network Meeting to explore and discuss all things volunteering.

Your feedback has been critical to allow us to advance our policy and advocacy work. It has been particularly important for us to hear wide ranging sector concerns, as this has given us a growing opportunity to voice your issues to both government and the wider community.

We would be delighted if you would join us and add your voice. Please feel free to bring along anyone in your organisation who would like to also have their opinions heard. RSVPs are essential as spaces are limited, RSVP by clicking on the link.

This year, the times and locations are:

North Hobart
Tuesday 11 Oct SESSION FULL
2 – 4pm
Italian Day Centre
81 Federal Street, North Hobart

Wednesday 12 October
10:30am – 12:30pm
Brighton Council Civic Centre
Green Point Rd, Bridgewater

Thursday 13 October
10:30am – 12:30pm
Community Care Tasmania
8 Broadland Drive, Launceston

Tuesday 18 October
11am – 1pm
Latrobe Council Chambers
170 Gilbert St, Latrobe

Wednesday 19 October
10am – 12midday
Video Conference Room, Domestic Arts Building (Maker’s Workshop)
2 Bass Hwy, Burnie

Please RSVP by completing the registration form here:
Event Registration – Sector Issues Consultation

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Annual Stakeholder Survey

Volunteering Tasmania’s goal as a peak body is to ensure that we deliver the services and support that the volunteering sector most needs.  To do this we need to know how well we have serviced our stakeholders over the last 12 months, and what we could do, or do better, moving forward.

For the next two weeks we are asking stakeholders to complete a short, 10 question survey on Volunteering Tasmania.   As a special incentive, Volunteering Tasmania will choose a random respondent from the first 25 responses to receive a $100 Gift Card.  One entry per person please, multiple or incomplete surveys will not be valid. Click here to complete our Annual Stakeholder Survey.

UPDATE:  This survey is now closed, thank you to all those who responded.  Congratulations to respondent #22, who was the lucky winner of the $100 Visa Debit gift card.

Annual Stakeholder Survey 2017-09-25T11:00:57+00:00