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Welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer

On behalf of the Volunteering Tasmania Board and staff, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Lisa Schimanski as the new Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Tasmania. 

Lisa comes to us with a wealth of experience and professional expertise.

For the past two and a half years she has worked at the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) as the Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Projects. Much of her TasCOSS work has been deeply embedded within Tasmanian communities and within Volunteer Involving Organisations. Lisa has also supported a number of advocacy and policy campaigns that impact on the lives of those in our community.

Lisa has been and still is an enthusiastic volunteer for a range of community, sporting and school organisations, she understands first-hand the importance of volunteers for a whole range of activities that many Tasmanians rely upon, as well as the strength volunteering gives to organisations, clubs and the community.

Lisa is committed to contemporary practice, and working closely with government, organisations and volunteers in Tasmania to celebrate and promote the economic, cultural and social benefits of volunteering to all Tasmanians.

Lisa will be commencing her new role on 8 October 2018, we hope you will join us in welcoming Lisa.

Please tune in to ABC Radio on Monday 8 Oct, and hear Dr Lisa Schimanski’s vision for Volunteering Tasmania on ‘Drive with Piia Wirsu’ at approximately 5.25pm.  ABC Drive can be heard online or on air on these frequencies: Bicheno 89.7 FM, Burnie 102.5 FM, East Devonport 100.5 FM, Fingal 1161 AM, King Island 88.5 FM, Lileah 91.3 FM, Queenstown/Zeehan 90.5 FM, Rosebery 106.3 FM, Savage River/Waratah 104.1 FM, St Helens 1584 AM, St Marys 102.7 FM, Strahan 107.5 FM, Swansea 106.1 FM, Waratah 103.3 FM, Weldborough 97.3 FM, NE Tasmania 91.7 FM

Kind regards,

Venéy Hiller
Deputy CEO
Volunteering Tasmania

Welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer 2018-10-08T15:45:46+00:00

Advocacy Tasmania volunteers provide support at Mental Health Tribunal hearings 

Advocacy Tasmania is about supporting people to speak up, have their say and to make sure that their rights are protected.  Their advocacy services are free, confidential and available across Tasmania.   Their advocates support clients to have their voices heard on issues that, due to their age, disability, mental illness or drug use, stop them from exercising their right to choice and control.

Advocacy Tasmania also coordinates a special group of volunteers dedicated to helping people living with a mental illness.

Under Tasmanian law, the Mental Health Tribunal (MHT) is responsible for issuing mental health treatment orders, which can require people to remain in hospital and receive involuntary treatment.  Advocacy Tasmania identified that people required to attend a Hearing were often unrepresented at a time when major decisions about their liberty and life choices were being decided.

In response to this, Advocacy Tasmania developed the Mental Health Tribunal Representation Scheme (MHTRS).  Since 2003 a group of dedicated volunteers has operated statewide supporting people through the MHT process.  Some feedback from those who have been assisted include:

“It was nice to have someone to just sit with me at the Hearing. I have nobody else who can help me to understand what is going on. Thank you.”

“The person you sent to go with me to my Hearing was wonderful. I was so nervous and I just don’t think I could have done it without her. If I have to go again will you please send someone along.”

The MHTRS relies on its committed and state-wide volunteers to provide this invaluable support. Volunteers complete a comprehensive online training program covering, but not limited to, Tasmania’s Mental Health Act, facts and myths about mental illness, stigma and discrimination, consumer and carer rights, capacity and consent and the Mental Health Tribunal. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer representative, you can contact their MHTRS Manager on 1800 005 131 or by email at mhrep@advocacytasmania.org.au.

If you want to learn more about how the Mental Health Act operates in Tasmania, you can complete their online training package here.

Advocacy Tasmania also work with people with disability and mental illness, people who use alcohol or drugs and older people. They can also assist people with the NDIS, including access, planning, reviews, appeals and complaints. More information on the scope of their Individual Advocacy service is available on their website. www.advocacytasmania.org.au.

Advocacy Tasmania volunteers provide support at Mental Health Tribunal hearings  2018-09-26T16:28:44+00:00

Annual Report now available (it’s a page-turner!)

We invite you to view our 2017-18 Annual Report.

It’s a 38-page bumper edition packed with facts and fun photos, even a short video titled “Why we do what we do“.

Many thanks to all the volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations who helped make this report (and this year) so vibrant and successful, we hope you have as much fun reading this summary as we had writing it!

Click below to view the flip-page version, or go to our website to download .pdfs of our 2017-18 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements.

Annual Report now available (it’s a page-turner!) 2018-09-26T11:10:37+00:00

Governance Workshops set to roll out across regional Tasmania

Volunteering Tasmania is running a series of Introduction to Governance workshops to raise awareness of the value of good governance within community groups and advance the skills of existing and potential Board members.

The workshops will provide insight into the responsibilities of a Board and the role requirements of directors and committee members. Participants will be taught how to make informed decisions on financial performance, run effective meetings and how to develop a process of continuous improvement.

These free workshops have been fully funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, and will be running in Nubeena, St Helens, Queenstown and Smithton on October 10, 29, November 20 and 21 respectively.

They have been designed for both current Board members and newcomers with an interest in serving on a community board or committee.

The workshops will:

  • Increase confidence and professionalism and enable directors and committee members to participate more effectively in their not-for-profit community organisation;
  • Inspire people to consider committee and director roles within small and medium not-for-profit community organisations;
  • Create opportunities for workshop participants to network and exchange strategies and ideas; and
  • Ultimately find satisfaction in their Board experience.

Each workshop has a capacity of 30 participants.  For locations, times and RSVP details, please download the flyer.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our expert presenters:

  • Steve Allen, Academic Coordinator (Cradle Coast) & Teaching Fellow, Tasmanian School of Business & Economics.  An accounting and financial management practitioner and academic, Steve has management experience across several public sector organisations and is a skilled presenter.  He has served on the Boards of several not-for-profit organisations and presents an accessible approach to understanding the financial aspects of not-for-profit governance.
  • Donna Bain, General Manager, Self Help Workplace.  Donna has over twenty years of experience in not-for-profit association management including voluntary positions on boards in the adult and community education sector and the disability sports sector.  In addition to being the General Manager of Self Help Workplace, Donna also currently holds a number of committee and board positions.  Donna’s areas of interest include association management, policy and advocacy, and not-for-profit governance education systems.
  • Ella Dixon, CEO, Migrant Resource Centre (Northern Tasmania).  Ella has extensive experience in not-for-profit management including governance, strategic planning, policies and procedures. Prior to becoming CEO of the Migrant Resource Centre in Northern Tasmania, Ella was the Regional Manager of the Community Development Division (Department of Premier and Cabinet). Ella has also worked in local government, the private sector and within community-based organisations. She has assisted many small sporting clubs, state-wide bodies, and community groups in strategic planning and governance issues.  Ella has also been a Board member of several committees and been on the receiving end of advice from management, making her aware of the responsibilities of decision makers and the level of information they seek.


Volunteering Tasmania would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – Building Better Regions Fund.  For more information, visit www.business.gov.au

Governance Workshops set to roll out across regional Tasmania 2018-09-19T14:51:30+00:00

Invitation to Have Your Say

What is working well in the volunteering sector? Can it be improved?

Volunteering Tasmania is the Peak body for volunteering, and we are here to make a positive impact on volunteerism by advocating and delivering support for the sector.

We encourage you to have your say at our upcoming consultations.  This forum is your opportunity to identify critical areas for development.

Join us as we look at priorities and discuss possible approaches to the issues.

Volunteering Tasmania will consolidate the agreed themes and deliver a submission to the State government through the Budget Priority process.

This is an opportunity to HAVE YOUR SAY.  




27 September 2018, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Burnie Arts & Function Centre

77-79 Wilmot Street, Burnie



28 September 2018, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Volunteering Tasmania State Office

75 Federal Street, North Hobart


RSVP to Kate Birch on 6231 5550, or email kateb@volunteeringtas.org.au by 21 September 2018 latest for catering purposes.


Invitation to Have Your Say 2018-09-17T11:46:08+00:00

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018

Notice is given that Volunteering Tasmania’s Annual General Meeting for 2018 will be held at the Volunteering Tasmania state office, 75 Federal Street Hobart on Wednesday 26 September at 5.30pm.

All members of Volunteering Tasmania are invited to attend. If you wish to attend, please click here to RSVP.


  1. Confirmation of minutes of Annual General Meeting of 2017 and any subsequent General Meetings and Special General Meetings.
  2. Adoption of the Report by the Board of Directors.
  3. Adoption of the Report by the CEO.
  4. Adoption of the audited financial statement for 2017/18.
  5. Declaration of Directors for 2018/19.
  6. Appointment of an Auditor.
  7. Motions of which notice has been given.
  8. Any other business accepted by the Chair.

RSVPs are required by 19 September 2019.  Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

If you are a member of Volunteering Tasmania and are unable to attend but would like to send someone to represent you, please return this proxy form, completing all details, by 19 September to admin@volunteeringtas.org.au or mail to 75 Federal Street, North Hobart, TAS, 7000.   If you are unable to attend, and do not wish to send a proxy, no action is needed.

With kind regards

Veney Hiller

Public Officer

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018 2018-08-27T15:28:25+00:00

Meals on Wheels Tasmania

Meals on Wheels Tasmania is a service that makes it possible for many Tasmanians to stay living in their home for longer, maintaining their independence.

A driving force of care within the community, this service has been in operation for over 50 years. In just 12 months, 14.8 million meals are delivered by more than 78,800 volunteers to approximately 53,000 recipients located within Australian cities, regional and rural areas.

Funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Home and Community Care (HACC), Volunteering Tasmania provides resources, advice and support to this service.

Volunteers are essential to the operation of Meals on Wheels Tasmania.

There are many opportunities for volunteer involvement:

  • Delivery of meals using own vehicle, or partnering with someone else that is doing this
  • Serve on the management committee
  • Dependent on which service, volunteers can also assist with transporting clients to a community centre to enjoy a social meal and activities
  • Helping with office duties
  • Participate in coordination of social programs

Meals on Wheels welcomes enquiries from potential volunteers, who will be offered a one-on-one interview to discuss opportunities and availability.  Volunteers who join the program will need to complete a National Police Check and participate in a Meals on Wheels induction.  Volunteer tasks depend on your available time and can be tailored to suit, anything from one hour a month or a full day each week – this is driven by your capacity to be involved.

To find out more about Meals on Wheels Tasmania go to their website or call their State Office on 1800 696 325.


What is HACC & CHSP?

The Tasmanian Home and Community Care Programme provides funding for basic community care services that support persons under the age of 65 years, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged less than 50 years living with disabling conditions and their carers. HACC services are targeted towards people who live in the community and whose capacity for independent living is at risk, or those who are risk of early or inappropriate admission to long term residential care.

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme was introduced by the Australian Government in 2015 to the aged care system to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer. CHSP provides entry-level home support for older people who need assistance to keep living independently.


How we help

Volunteering Tasmania is funded to deliver services, training and resources to all HACC/CHSP funded organisations. Each month we will showcase the many wonderful happenings that exist due to the contribution of volunteers, capturing the services that are offered to the community from HACC/CHSP funding.

Meals on Wheels Tasmania 2018-08-14T16:35:26+00:00

National Student Volunteer Week sees launch of new sector resources

Education providers nationwide are celebrating and promoting student volunteering this week by highlighting what volunteering can offer students – work experience, professional networking and referees, mental health boosts and community engagement.

Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs) that engage with students also have reason to celebrate – student volunteers bring new skills, a fresh perspective, and a greater reach into the community.

“Students who are given the opportunity to meaningfully and significantly engage in the community build the capacity of our sector and contribute significantly to the economy”, said Volunteering Tasmania’s Acting CEO Venéy Hiller.

This year the Tasmanian Department of Education has for the first time integrated volunteering into the school curriculum.

A Department of Education spokesperson said, “We recognise the important role volunteering plays in a child’s life to enable them to be active, informed citizens and contribute to their communities in a positive way. Students are supported by providing learning opportunities in a range of curriculum areas including Work Studies in Years 9 and 10 and Career and Life Planning in Years 11 and 12.

Volunteering Tasmania has worked closely with education providers to raise awareness and encourage students who have not yet tried volunteering to get involved.  To facilitate this, we have created a resource for teachers to hand out to students:

Existing VIO resources have also been reviewed and updated:

These three new resources complement our existing student volunteering resources:

Additionally, Volunteering Tasmania has compiled a list of Volunteer Involving Organisations that currently have student volunteering opportunities, please contact us for more information.

National Student Volunteer Week sees launch of new sector resources 2018-08-14T16:41:39+00:00

Enhance your Volunteer career with Project Management qualifications

Volunteering Tasmania, together with the Institute of Project Management, wants to assist the development of volunteer managers (or others in Volunteer Involving Organisations) through the provision of high-quality education and training activities at heavily subsidised prices.

Course:                                                  Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
Course Price:                                        $3770+ GST
Volunteering Tasmania Price:           $770+ GST (save $3000)
Places:                                                    Limited to 20 only
Location:                                                Launceston

This training is ideal for you if:

  • You are employed or volunteer with a Volunteering Involving Organisation,
  • You are a supervisor or manager,
  • You are involved with a voluntary Board or Committee,
  • You have no prior qualification in Project Management.

Over the course of an eight-day workshop series, you will learn the best-practice PM principles in the context of the project life cycle: from initiation, through to planning, execution and close.

There is no ‘out of workshop’ assessment activity required for this program.

By completing Certificate IV in Project Management Practice (BSB41515) you will:

  • Apply basic project management concepts, methods and theories.
  • Demonstrate the technical skills of project management.
  • Understand the interpersonal aspects of project management.
  • Participate in the delivery of varied projects.
  • Evaluate and respond to project challenges.
  • Communicate professionally with project stakeholders.

Training will be delivered across eight days on the following dates:

  • Days 1 & 2 27 & 28 September 2018
  • Days 3 & 4 18 & 19 October 2018
  • Days 5 & 6 8 & 9 November 2018
  • Days 7 & 8 6 & 7 December 2018

All sessions are located in Launceston with all your training resources and catering provided.

To submit your EOI to complete this training, please email us by Friday 17th August 2018 to kateb@volunteeringtas.org.au providing:

  • Your full name
  • Current employer (if applicable)
  • Your volunteering involvement/experiences
  • A brief statement as to why a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice would assist you in your role
  • Contact details – address, phone and email

Volunteering Tasmania will confirm all successful applications via email by 5pm on Friday 24th August 2018.

Volunteering Tasmania would like to thank Skills Tasmania, Skills Fund for enabling us to offer training and development opportunities to support the volunteering community.  

Enhance your Volunteer career with Project Management qualifications 2018-08-14T15:49:46+00:00

Position Vacant – Community Engagement Officer, North West Tasmania (Paid Role)

We are looking for a superstar representative for Volunteering Tasmania who has a passion for the North West and community development.

You will provide a quality support service to existing and potential volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations.  With minimum supervision, you will speak to individuals or groups of people about the organisation, deliver referrals to volunteer roles and promote the benefits of volunteering.

It will be up to you to think about ways you can interact with new and existing stakeholders to make this happen! You will enjoy facilitating meetings and coordinating workshops and Pop Up events. You will engage with the local community by providing information sessions, attending events and promoting referral services. Experience working in the not for profit environment or similar role, and understanding of the volunteering sector is desirable, but not essential.

A Drivers Licence, a National Police Check and a Working with Vulnerable People registration is essential.

So if you’re up for the challenge and like being creative then this role could be for you! You’ll be welcomed into an organisation that sees staff as whole people, who are encouraged to grow personally and professionally.

Interested?  Review the Position Description here.  When applying, please stick to two A4 pages (plus a CV), and tell us who you are, and why you are the best person for this role and our team.

Part Time (15.2 hrs/wk), Burnie-based role, SCHADS Level 4.

For further information, get in touch! Enquiries to Rachel Freeman on 6231 5550 or rachelf@volunteeringtas.org.au

Applications to rachelf@volunteeringtas.org.au by 5pm, Friday 7 September 2018. 

Position Vacant – Community Engagement Officer, North West Tasmania (Paid Role) 2018-08-28T12:18:33+00:00