Sign the petition and give your support for volunteering

Volunteering is the backbone of our community. Without volunteers many of our services, events and festivals just wouldn’t happen.

In Tasmania, 4 in 5 people generously give 7.1 million hours every year to our community. This donation of time has been valued at $4.9 billion.

But volunteering doesn’t just happen on its own.  At Volunteering Tasmania we believe everyone deserves the opportunity for safe and meaningful volunteer roles. That’s why we offer services like Volunteer Connect – so people wanting to volunteer have a place to go to search for one that suits them.

We also believe in making it as easy as possible for community groups to find and keep volunteers. That’s why we offer help for thousands of community groups who are looking for volunteers. We also give free advice on how  to look after their volunteers.

We are able to do this work because the Turnbull Government funds organisations like ours to support volunteering across Australia.

Sadly, the Turnbull Government has now decided to remove the funding that helps us deliver these services. Our ability to help make volunteering happen will be weakened without this support.

We need your help to change the Turnbull Government’s mind.

Let them know that you support volunteering and Volunteering Tasmania by signing the petition below:  [Note: Petition now closed]

Sign the petition and give your support for volunteering 2017-05-30T14:34:40+00:00

Update: Lobbying Federal Government for maintaining volunteer management funding

Volunteering peak bodies around Australia are continuing to lobby the Federal Government to reinstate a dedicated funding stream for volunteer management programs and services.

The urgency of the campaign continues to pick up pace following the announcement earlier this year that the volunteer management stream in the Strengthening Communities funding program would be removed when it transitions to the new Strong and Resilient Communities program.

Volunteering Tasmania chief executive, Alison Lai says she has met with a number of State and Federal representatives to advocate for the importance of this funding to Tasmanian volunteer involving organisations.

“I’ve met with a number of politicians and I’m pleased to report that there is an overwhelming support to maintain this funding across all political parties,” Alison said.

“Nationally, Volunteering Australia and the other peak bodies have also been meeting with numerous Federal representatives to raise awareness of the importance of investing in volunteer management programs and services.”

Noting that the Shadow Minister for Social Services, Louise Pratt will meet with the Department of Social Services to discuss the changes, Alison said that she remains optimistic that the funding for volunteer management could be reinstated.

“We remain hopeful that the decision to remove the dedicated funding stream for volunteer management will be reversed,” she said.

“It still remains a mystery to me why the Federal Government would decide to remove funding for volunteer management when they openly acknowledge the value of volunteers to the Australian community.

“I simply can’t stress enough how critically important it is that there is ongoing investment into supporting community organisations to develop and maintain their volunteer work-forces.

“At a time when demand for volunteers is growing, the Australian Government’s decision to remove this funding is extremely worrying and we’ll continue to lobby against the change.”

The Department of Social Services is yet to confirm when the new Strong and Resilient Communities grant program will open.

Update: Lobbying Federal Government for maintaining volunteer management funding 2017-04-11T13:24:31+00:00

Finalists Announced for the 2017 Southern Cross News Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

Volunteering Tasmania, Southern Cross News and the Tasmanian Government are delighted to announce this years’ finalists, listed by first name alphabetically:

The Arts and Heritage Award
Chris Palmer
Dianne Powell
Ruby Doherty

The MyState Education and Science Award
Amanda McMaster
Sean McManus
Hina and Waqas Durrani (joint nomination-duplicate role)

The Anglicare Lifestyle Community Care and Health Award
Joy Searle
Kim Dunstan
Mary Gates

The Lifeline Emergency Services and Disaster Recovery Award
Christopher Hine
David Gleeson
Philip de Bomford

The NRM South Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award
Angela Knight and Mark Bartlett (joint nomination-duplicate role)
Eric Woehler
Nel Smit

The Sport and Recreation Award
Shaun Donohue
Tom Bain
Tracy Badman

The Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award – for best practice in volunteer management
Liz Lord
Melody Towns
Shelley Haas

The Tasplan Super Corporate Award – for an employee volunteering program
Hydro Tasmania
Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania
University of Tasmania: Young Tassie Scientists (YTS)

The CatholicCare Volunteer Program of the Year Award
Launceston Community Legal Centre: Legal Literacy Volunteers Program
Meals on Wheels Tasmania Inc. : King Island Volunteer Program
The LCG: Older Persons Electronic Network (OPEN) Computer Club Volunteer Program


Volunteering Tasmania and the category judges would like to acknowledge the amazing calibre of nominations in every category and would like to thank every nominator for their efforts in nominating and of course acknowledge the amazing efforts of all the volunteers that were nominated.   The judging process has been very difficult, however all decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into, as stated the Terms and Conditions of entry.

Volunteering Tasmania, her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania and representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet look forward to meeting finalists, their guests and their nominator at Government House on May 8, 2017 for the Awards ceremony. For all those who narrowly missed out on the finalist round, every individual nominee and nominated program will be receiving a Certification of Recognition and Appreciation, our way of saying thanks on behalf of all Tasmanians.

Finalists Announced for the 2017 Southern Cross News Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2017-04-12T10:08:19+00:00