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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

Volunteering Tasmania Board nominations open

Nomination for election as a Director is open to persons who are registered members of Volunteering Tasmania (VT).

The Board of VT provides strategic guidance and governance to the organisation. Positions on our Board are volunteer roles.

The current board and director terms are:

Claire Ellis – Sept 2018

Rachel Johnson (Chair) – Sept 2018

Helen Geard – Sept 2019

Donald Coventry – Sept 2019

Liz Lester – Sept 2019

Stephen Porter – Sept 2020

Sonia Shimeld – Sept 2020

Michelle Ewington – Sept 2020

Georgie Ibbott – Sept 2020


If you wish to nominate for Board election please complete this form, providing a brief statement of experience and the personal qualities you would bring to the position.

Completed forms should be marked confidential and forwarded to admin@volunteeringtas.org.au to arrive no later than 10 August 2018.

Upon receipt of your nomination Rachel Johnson (Chair) will contact you.


Volunteering Tasmania Board nominations open 2018-07-11T16:04:05+00:00

Annual Volunteer Tasmania Survey….winner of Free Prize Draw

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteering advocates who responded to our survey – we are in the process of reviewing your answers, comments and feedback, and will be actioning in the year ahead.

The winner of our $100 Gift Voucher was Ms Vicki Kember, a supporter of Mental Health Carers Tasmania.  Vicki has been contacted and will be presented with her Gift Voucher next Monday.  Vicki has kindly stated she will be donating her gift voucher to her organisation.  What a beautiful gesture!

Vicki’s name was selected at random from all fully completed surveys, using a web-based random number generator:  www.random.org.

Annual Volunteer Tasmania Survey….winner of Free Prize Draw 2018-07-04T14:05:57+00:00

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