Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018

Volunteering Tasmania would like to formally recognise and congratulate the following Tasmanians who received recognition at this years Queens Birthday Honours List 2018:   

Mrs Marion Jean COOPER Kettering Tas 7155 For service to the community through charitable organisations, and to sailing.

Mr Colin James DENNISON Glenorchy Tas 7010 For service to the preservation of local history.

The Honourable Justice Stephen Peter ESTCOURT South Hobart Tas 7004 For significant service to the judiciary as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, to legal education, and to professional law societies.

Mrs Jennifer Mary FRASER Norwood Tas 7250 For service to youth through public speaking organisations.

Mr Edward Anthony GAUDEN Carlton Tas 7173 For service to the community through social welfare programs.

Mrs Andrea Elizabeth GERRARD New Town Tas 7008 For service to veterans and their families.

Mr John GODFREY Tas For service to veterans and their families

Mrs Joan Beatrice LOUDON Mount Nelson Tas 7007 For service to education.

Mr William Joseph LOVERING Sorell Tas 7172 For service to the community.

Ms Helen Maree MANSER Bridgewater Tas 7030 For significant service to the community of Tasmania, particularly through the establishment and management of regional development initiatives.

Ms Cheryl Anne NORRIS Sandy Bay Tas 7005 For significant service to nursing, particularly to neonatal paediatrics, as a clinician and administrator, to education, and to the history of nursing in Tasmania.

Mr Robert Neil RAMSAY Acton Park Tas 7170 For service to veterans and their families.

Mr Damian Peter ROGERS Battery Point Tas 7004 For significant service to architecture, and to the building and construction industry, as a leader and administrator of professional organisations.

Mrs Leone SCRIVENER Sandy Bay Tas 7005 For service to seniors’ education, and to the community.

Mrs Elizabeth Jean SWAIN Launceston Tas 7250 For significant service to the mining industry as a metallurgist, as a role model for female engineers, and to the community of Tasmania.

Mr Anthony John WALCH Margate Tas 7054 For service to the community of Tasmania.

Mr Michael Alan WHITEHOUSE Kingston Tas 7050 For service to the community through a range of organisations.

Mr Raymond Cyril WILLIAMS Rosny Tas 7018 For service to veterans and their families.

Mr Barry Thomas WILSON Lauderdale Tas 7021 For service to people with a disability.

Mr Anthony John WALCH Margate Tas 7054 For service to the community of Tasmania.

Miss Merrilyn Lexie YOUNG Deloraine Tas 7304 For service to the community of Deloraine.

Dr Susan ZICHY-WOINARSKI Weymouth Tas 7252 For significant service to the community of Tasmania through a range of conservation and animal welfare organisations, and to women.

List Source:  © AAP 2018

Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018 2018-06-27T14:28:22+00:00

Important Announcement from Volunteering Tasmania

The Board and team at Volunteering Tasmania is sad to announce that Chief Executive Officer Alison Lai will be leaving the organisation to take on the role of CEO of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council.

Alison’s last day will be Friday, 13 July and Volunteering Tasmania’s Deputy CEO, Veney Hiller will be Acting CEO from this time.

The Board of Volunteering Tasmania will undertake a recruitment process in due course, and in the meantime thanks Alison for her contribution to Volunteering Tasmania and the volunteering community.

Important Announcement from Volunteering Tasmania 2018-06-27T13:03:50+00:00

Expression of Interest – Volunteering Tasmania Board

Volunteering Tasmania is the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania. Our purpose is helping Tasmanians experience the benefits of volunteering. We believe that all members of our community equally deserve the right to experience the benefits of volunteering, regardless of their background or current situation.

Volunteering Tasmania is a statewide, not for profit organisation with an office in Hobart.  See our website for further information: www.volunteeringtas.org.au

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from enthusiastic, experienced and skilled people to be considered for nomination to the Volunteering Tasmania Board.

Board role: The Volunteering Tasmania Board provides governance and strategic leadership to the organisation.

Attributes sought: We are seeking individuals able to complement our existing team with strong relevant networks across Tasmania and more widely, with good Tasmanian Government connections and a high public profile.  In addition, skills, experience and knowledge across one or more of the following areas is ideal: 

  • Fundraising
  • Board and senior management roles
  • Strategic planning
  • Commercial / business sector
  • Governance, quality and risk management
  • Human Resources
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Alternative income generation

Length of term: Three years, (a one year appointment may be considered in some instances).

Meetings and time commitment:  The Board of Volunteering Tasmania meets around 6 times per year on average but has active sub-committees and requires a commitment of around 10-15 hours per month on Director duties.

If you are interested in nominating for a position on the Board you should initially provide an Expression of Interest addressing the key attributes above and the following points:

  1. Prior experience on Boards and Committees and/or knowledge of governance processes
  2. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically
  3. The ability to attend meetings and contribute to Committees and out of session discussions and decision making
  4. Additional experience and skills you would bring to the Board

People who best meet our requirements will be invited to a meeting with the Chair to further discuss the role. Please note, two existing Board members are re-standing, however, an independent selection process is being followed.

For more information contact the Chair – Rachel Johnson on 0419 771 262 or to obtain an information pack send an email to: admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

Expression of Interest – Volunteering Tasmania Board 2018-07-11T15:51:36+00:00

Changes to Accounting Standards affecting Not-for-Profit Volunteer Involving Organisations

Volunteering Tasmania hosted 3 state-wide workshops in June 2018 to help organisations understand changes to the Australian Accounting Standard (AASB1058) for Not-for-Profit (NFP) entities that involve volunteers in the delivery of their services.

Volunteering Tasmania provides you with the information below as a snapshot summary of the information presented by Alison Flakemore, a Senior Partner of accounting firm Crowe Horwath.

It is advisable to discuss these changes and how they may affect your organisation with the relevant person within your organisation; and seek professional advice from your accountant/auditor.



Basically the changes relate to:

  • Better matching income with expenditure
  • Recognising income when receiving something for significantly less than its fair value mainly to enable organisations to further its objectives

Additionally to this are changes to the lease standard:

  • “Right-of-use” asset will be treated as a financial lease – so these will be included as an asset (with the need to depreciate) as well as a liability (need to determine borrowing rate to calculate present value)

There are also changes to Volunteer Services:

  • The need to measure reliably – volunteers will need to “clock” on and off
  • Determine fair value of their services contributed
  • Would the services be purchased if they were not donated?
  • Currently, whether to include this is optional, however not for the public sector where it is compulsory to report on this.

And changes to Grant reporting:

  • Received by entity to further its objectives
  • Needs to be “sufficiently specific performance of obligations” and enforceable
    • If this is the case then can defer income to match when expenses incurred, otherwise must recognise income on the receipt of the grant.



It is recommended to treat all Accounting Standards as though they apply to your organisation.

Refer to the Associations and Incorporation Act 1964 and discuss with your accountant, auditor or finance team.

Your starting point is checking if they are relevant to your organisation.

While reading the summary of these changes, have in mind:

  • What does it mean for your organisation?
  • What do you need to do?



The changes will impact the way Organisations currently report on the following:

  • Leases
  • Grant Funding reporting
  • Volunteer Services recognition
  • Revenue from contracts/clients


Finance Lease: Is when you lease an asset i.e. photocopiers, phones, and buildings – so you are financing an asset purchase for a period of time – giving you ownership rights during this time.

Operating Lease: treated as rent, you are available to use that asset for the duration of the time within agreement.

The changes will be treating all leases as finance leases.

Meaning, the nature of how expense is recognised in a profit and loss (P&L) will change.
It will be now recognised as depreciation on the ‘right-of-use’ asset and an interest charge on the lease liability. This charge will be calculated using the effective interest method which will mean gradual reduction of interest expense over the lease term.

There are exemptions for low value items ($5,000 or less) – you are encouraged to know what these are and combined value if multiple items, for example, mobile phones, wireless internet devices.

An exemption also exists for leases of less than 12 months where no purchase option exists.

Peppercorn leases will also change in how they are disclosed.

A peppercorn lease is where an asset (building, property, facility) is under an agreement of use for generally 99 years at significantly less value than market rate. For example, $1 per year for 99 years.

The new standard will make not-for-profit organisations recognise these values within reporting as value in right-to-use the asset and not the value of the building/land/facility.

Your revenue will reflect the increased income in reporting this figure, showing extra value provided. This may deteriorate the overall bottom line.

The key message is to identify the leases you have currently and start articulating future impacts they may have. Understand what these are and how they are being disclosed.



Currently, grants funding reporting can be flexible in aligning with funding agreements and the deliverables in when the money component is reflected in your financial reporting. Meaning Grants can be reported in whole when received or flexible.

The changes will see grant funding now needing to be reported within financials as true to date, or reflecting the income portion at the time of which the expense has been incurred (progressively with funding agreement milestones/timeline).

The introduction of recognition of measurements with grant funding will assist complying with the new standards.



Recognising the value of a volunteer per hour for the services they are contributing and reflecting this in your financial reporting.

Determine the value of your volunteers by calculating the following:


Reflecting a value for your volunteer time as ‘income’ and reflecting the expense your organisation could face if were to provide these services with paid workers.

Currently this is optional for organisations, eventually it is unknown if this will be enforced, or remain the organisations choice. For the public sector this is compulsory to include in reporting.

This adds value to your organisation in other areas, signifying the contribution of value donated.

If electing to do this, your organisation needs to identify all volunteers (including voluntary Boards) when doing this.



Financial reporting will be reflective of milestones at which the expense is incurred alongside the revenue being received on a transactional basis.

Example:  AGED CARE

An ongoing funding agreement for delivery of aged care services has contractual obligations on key deliverables of the service. Rather than starting with the total funding at the start within reporting, going forward you will report this in real time meaning the income will be included in reporting at the time of the expense being incurred.

For example; a client needs travel from A to B, the expenditure for the service is incurred, and therefore the income figure is then reflected in reporting from the funding agreement.



This next 12 months is the time to get ready! Be proactive with these changes, not reactive!

Anything you can do to seek further advice – do it!

Start practising these new standard changes now, this will assist when the new standard comes into effect in 2019/20 (dependent on your organisations financial year).

There will be added costs to organisations in complying with the new standards. Whilst in the optional phase (now), start weighing-up for your organisation the cost of implementation verses the benefit.

Talk to your accountant, auditor, finance team – they are the ones having to approve of depreciation rates and values!

Most annual financial reports (overview not full cash flow details) are public records, organisations, particularly NFPs are cross referencing other organisations to see trends.

Volunteering Tasmania welcomes your questions your organisation may have regarding this information on the changes, and we will consult with Alison Flakemore at Crowe Horwath to supply a response.

Changes to Accounting Standards affecting Not-for-Profit Volunteer Involving Organisations 2018-06-20T13:19:50+00:00


The Australian Senate passed several changes to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. This document highlights one of those amendments (to Schedule 9 of the Social Security Act 1991), which directly relates to volunteering and will impact your organisation if you’re involving volunteers through the Australian Government’s Mutual Obligation Requirement arrangements.  These changes come into effect on September 20, 2018.

What are the Mutual Obligation Requirements?

This is an existing arrangement where the Australian Government (through Centrelink) allows certain individuals who receive allowances, including the Newstart Allowance (income assistance for those looking for work) to continue receiving their fortnightly payments by being involved in a combination of volunteering and paid work (or actively searching for paid work). How old you are determines how many hours of volunteering you’re allowed to include.

The proposed change?

Last year, the Australian Senate proposed changing the number of volunteering hours allowed for Australians receiving Newstart Allowance aged between 55 and 59 years of age from 30 hours per fortnight to 15 hours.

This change would require any Australians receiving the Newstart Allowance within this age-group to reduce any existing volunteering hours from 30 hours a fortnight to 15, and replace these hours with either paid work, or attempts to find paid work.

What change was passed?

At the end of March the Senate passed the above changes. However, they amended the change to make it time limited. That is, they made the requirement necessary for the first 12 months of job searching. What this means is that after 12 months of job search, an individual who is 55 to 59 years old can return to 30 hours of volunteering if they are unable to find suitable paid employment and it is determined to best suit the individual’s circumstances.

Please note, that the Australian Government has confirmed that they will also retain a number of exemptions (or a reduction in the number of job searches required) for those who meet the required existing criteria.

What does this mean for you?

If you are involving volunteers through the Australian Government’s Mutual Obligation arrangements, we encourage you to consider if these changes will impact any of your volunteers and discuss these with them.

Mutual obligation requirement volunteers can, subject to approval, share the required work or seeking employment and volunteer times with more than one organisation and workplace if they wish.

Centrelink staff have access to a list of registered volunteer organisations, and can check for customers if an agency is registered.  This is not available for public use or access.  Agencies can call 131524 to determine if they are already registered.

More information can be found at here, scroll down to the section headed Stronger Participation Requirements.