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International Volunteer Managers Day

Let’s recognise and celebrate the contribution of volunteer managers!

We often recognise the contribution of volunteers in our communities  both locally and globally. Volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life.

However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum.

Behind these volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies who are responsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recruitment of the world’s volunteers – skilled professionals who are adept at taking singular passion and turning it into effective action.

That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) every year on 5 November.

It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them – and to thank them.

We urge you to mark your calendar and, whether you are an administrator, a volunteer, a community leader or someone who receives the benefit of volunteer help, to make sure the people who act as leaders and catalysts get the recognition they deserve!


IVMDay Theme

This year’s theme is ‘Change the Tune.

This theme reflects the need to think differently about how volunteer leadership is positioned and change the dialogue.

The Power of You Workshop – November 5th 2019 is International Volunteer Managers’ Day,

 As a manager of volunteers we know how tirelessly you work to support and enable others through volunteeringTaking time out for personal and professional development maximises what you can offer to the world. This day is for you.

Volunteering Tasmania is hosting ‘The Power of You’ a professional  development workshop that will help you learn how to use your personal power to make change.

By attending this event you will;

  • Gain insights into your own personality
  • Learn what makes others tick
  • Understand how to better influence and motivate others
  • Come away with practical tools you can implement straight away.

Melinda Maddock is the “chief changemaker” at Tasmania’s Madfinch Consulting specialising in power and relationships. Her workshops focus on helping people understand their own potential, skills and personality attributes and how to maximise them.

This event is specifically for those undertaking a volunteer manager role (paid or unpaid) and will be a great opportunity for networking, connecting with others in your field and celebrating International Volunteer Managers’ Day.  Morning tea and lunch provided.

Volunteering Tasmania is subsidising this event for Members. We want to ensure this inspiring (and fun) event is accessible to as many volunteer managers as possible

We look forward to spending the day with you. For more information please contact Sarah Martin by email sarahm@volunteeringtas.org.au or call 1800 677 895

Click  pic to book your place…

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State-wide Symposium brings together leading voices in the volunteer sector

THE STATE OF VOLUNTEERING Symposium brought together leading national and local experts with over 27 speakers across the day sharing their knowledge and expertise.
We were so lucky to benefit from the enormous talent across the day.

The Hon Roger Jaensch MP officially opened the event to over 120 people representing volunteer involving organisations, government and sector professionals there to hear from inspiring keynote and plenary speakers, their peers and panels. Minister Jaensch acknowledged the the enormity of the volunteering sector and thanked delegates for coming together to explore  the sector further.

The Symposium was  public launch of the 2019 State of Volunteering Report which provided key state-wide insights into the volunteering sector. The research conducted by Volunteering Tasmania every five years, highlights the economic, social and cultural value of volunteering to Tasmania and was the theme of the 2019 Symposium.

Keynote speaker Dr Megan Paull a senior lecturer in the Business School at Murdoch University in Western Australia and an active researcher in the volunteering sector in Australia for over 25 years delivered her thoughts on how we can meet the challenges of the future state of volunteering.

Plenary speakers included lawyer Amy Williams from Justice Connect in NSW who is a nationally recognised speaker on volunteering and regularly provides legal advice in volunteering and assistance to community organisations across Australia. Volunteering Australia’s CEO Adrienne Picone from the ACT and Kaitlyn Fassina, Silver Medallist Commonwealth Games, Weightlifting are among just a few of the other speakers who shared their insights on the day.

Delegates were also able to select from 3 different workshops and 3 sets of lightening presentations.

National and local exhibitors such as UTAS, Communiteer, Seek, Better Impact, Be Collective, AON, VIRA, Justice Connect, FIA and The Island Project provided great opportunities for delegates to connect with their products an services.


With the generous support of  UTAS, we were able to provide 6 Scholarships to support delegates from regional areas including Queenstown, Port Sorell, Railton, Launceston and Burnie.
Three delegates received full scholarships including accommodation.

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Volunteering Tasmania celebrates 25 Years

Volunteering Tasmania’s 25th Jubilee Celebration was  held at Government House on Monday 23rd of September.

Patron of Volunteering Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania  hosted  over 150 guests including our  founders, volunteers, Members, our staff and Board, former CEOs and representatives from all levels of government at the official celebration at Government House.

The event was also  the official launch of the 2019 State of Volunteering Report which is conducted every five years that highlights the economic, social and cultural value of volunteering to Tasmania. The Premier, Will Hodgman MP was ‘delighted’ to  launch the Report  and called it a ‘compelling read’.

Guests were entertained by the incredible choir Thirsty Ground and together we celebrated were we have come from and where we are yet to go.




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Arts Tasmania: Safeguarding volunteering in Tasmanian small museums – (Project)

In March 2019, Volunteering Tasmania commenced a project with Arts Tasmania around safeguarding volunteering for the small museums and art collections throughout the state.

The purpose of this project is to work with Arts Tasmania in surveying all participating small museums and collections, tailoring information resources and a workshop to enable participants to apply best practice volunteer management strategies into their small museums and collections.

The Hobart Workshop was held on September 27th with 24 participants representing various locations in the South.

Participants enjoyed the information shared, networking, and getting clarity on best practice volunteer management processes.


The Launceston workshop is being held on October 11th at Queen Victoria Museum and Planetarium

Arts Tasmania: Safeguarding volunteering in Tasmanian small museums – (Project) 2019-10-01T12:10:09+00:00

Home and Community Care Volunteer Program Community of Practice –HACC and CHSP Sector Support)

We have launched a new network to provide volunteer management support to Tasmanian Providers (Organisations) who receive funding for Home and Community Care (HACC) and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).


Together, the CoP will:

  • Improve professional connectedness and support of HACC and CHSP funded Volunteer Programs
  • Support the effective and efficient management of volunteers within HACC and CHSP programs
  • Build the capacity and competency of HACC and CHSP funded volunteer programs to improve functionality

Participation in the CoP will improve each Organisation’s best practice volunteer management strategies and understanding of the Volunteer Management Cycle. This will assist in providing a better volunteer experience for your organisation’s volunteers by:

  • Increasing awareness of your volunteer program
  • Developing a stronger volunteer management process
  • Embed best-practice volunteer management strategies
  • Increasing volunteer satisfaction of involvement, resulting in stronger retention of existing volunteers
  • Assisting with recruitment of new volunteers

Community of Practice groups will be based in each region: South, North and North West starting in late October 2019. Meetings are being held via zoom conferencing and run for one hour maximum.


If your organisation receives HACC or CHSP funding and is interested in being part of this network – contact KateC@volunteeringtas.org.au


Home and Community Care Volunteer Program Community of Practice –HACC and CHSP Sector Support) 2019-09-30T18:18:09+00:00

We have a question

As part of our consultation process that will inform our Budget Priority Submission for the 2020 State Budget, we are asking Members of VT and members of the broader volunteering community one question…


What is the one thing that Government could do to support volunteers in Tasmania?


Your feedback to this would be very warmly welcome. We received over 80 suggestions at our recent Symposium, but would be keen to hear your thoughts too.





Or  you can email your thoughts to: veneyh@volunteeringtas.org,au 


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AGM and Annual Report 2018/19

The 2018/19 Annual General Meeting was held at 1pm on 24 September 2019. ​Thank you to the Members and observers who were able to attend.

The during the meeting Members unanimously passed motions that made some changes to the constitution. The revised constitution can be found in our core documents section  of the website here. 

If any Members who were not able to attend the AGM would like further information, please contact admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

We would like to welcome the following new Board Members to or volunteer Board of Directors

We welcome to the Board 

  • Suzy Kidd
  • Nicky Snare
  • Darren Pullen
  • Stephen Davy
  • Damian Gill ( Young Director)

We are incredibly grateful for their time and  expertise and look forward to their contribution to our organisation,

Ongoing Board Members are

  • Georgie Ibbott (Chair)
  • Stephen Porter
  • Claire Ellis
  • Sonia Shimeld (Treasurer)
  • Lauretta Stace
  • Ainstie Wagner


This year we  also say  goodbye to Helen Geard and thank her for her contribution .


The 2018/19 Volunteering Tasmania Annual Report

We are pleased to present the 2018/19 Annual Report:

Click image to read the report

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The State of Volunteering Report 2019

The value of volunteering is undeniable.

Volunteering connects us to ourselves, it connects us to others, and it connects us to our communities. In every location and every realm of life’s activities there are volunteers. However, volunteering is multi-faceted and complex. And as with every other aspect of modern life, it is subject to rapid changes in technology, regulation, and individual as well as societal expectation.

As the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania, Volunteering Tasmania attempts to capture and quantify the changing nature of volunteering through the Tasmanian State of Volunteering Report. We aim to better support the volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations and the Tasmanian Government as we work together to ensure a vibrant and active volunteer sector into the future.

The 2019 State of Volunteering Report builds on the foundation of the 2014 report. The approach has been refined, but many aspects of the two reports are comparable, allowing us to see clear trends in the Tasmanian volunteering sector.

This report observes the changing characteristics of Tasmanian volunteers through a population based survey. It recognises the changing needs and challenges of volunteer-involving organisations through a census. The costs, benefits and overall social, cultural and economic value of volunteering to our state are quantified through a return-on-investment analysis.
The expectations on the act of volunteering and volunteers themselves are higher than ever before. Volunteering enhances social connectedness, skills, training, confidence and job preparedness. It reduces the epidemic of loneliness and builds social, human and cultural capital. Our communities are increasingly reliant on volunteers to support those in need, to reduce inequality and build community resilience.

The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the need for volunteers throughout its 2017 ‘Plan for a Brighter Future’. We will achieve this through visitor engagement, arts and culture, tourism and hospitality, active ageing, and sport and recreation.

Volunteering is vital for the creation of active, vibrant communities that can deliver the services and activities that are needed by Tasmanians.
On behalf of Volunteering Tasmania, I commend this report to our volunteers, our volunteer-involving organisations and our governments to ensure a healthy volunteering sector into the future.

Dr Lisa Schimanski, CEO Volunteering Tasmania

Read the 2019 Volunteering Tasmania Report Summary here:

The full report is available to Volunteering Tasmania Members only.

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2018/2019 Volunteering Tasmania Annual Report

Dear Board,

We are proud to provide you with a soft copy of the 2018/19 Annual Report.
Hard copies will be provided to you at the 25 year Jubilee celebration and at the AGM.

This link is private, please do not share beyond VT until after Tuesday.

Click icon to read.


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Free Communiteer Workshop – 25th September 2019. Book now!

Volunteering Tasmania invites you to a complimentary half day work shop about Communiteer:  the social good network facilitated by founder and CEO Victor Lee.

The workshop is designed for:

·         Volunteer organisations that need skilled volunteers for specific projects that can be done remotely

·         Corporates that have a workforce that can provide skilled volunteers to volunteer organisations in an online environment.

 Details of workshop:

Date: 25th September 2019

Time: 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Venue: Volunteering Tasmania, 75 Federal Street, North Hobart

No cost and seating is limited to 10.

RSVP:  juliaf@volunteeringtas.org.au or 62315550

Access all day parking in Yardley, Wignall and Ryde Streets.  Please observe signs carefully as one side of the road is 2 hour parking and the other side is all day parking.

About Communiteer:

The team at Communiteer are passionate about building an online community where individuals, for-purpose organisations, and corporations connect and collaborate to amplify their collective impact through crowdsourcing and the use of technology to facilitate social impact at scale.

This workshop will provide a broad understanding of this social movement concept, how it works through the use of technology and crowd sourcing and how it  can be applied to grow a volunteer workforce whilst keeping volunteers engaged at the same time in order for organisations and groups to achieve their desirable social outcomes,

By leveraging crowd sourcing technology, Victor Lee will discuss how Communiteer have collaborated to increase capabilities, capacities and communication to volunteers across the sector.  Victor will demonstrate how your organisation can be part of the social network, gain access to a greater volunteer pool and the tools to develop deeper engagement with your community and supporters. https://communiteer.org/

 About the presenter:

Victor is a social-entrepreneur who believes in cross-sector collaboration and the strength in diversity.

Victor has been involved in the volunteering sector for over 30 years as both a volunteer and a specialist in partnerships in corporate and community environments. He’s held executive and board positions in various community organisations tackling the areas of mental health, youth unemployment, disability, social housing and access to social justice.

Victor co-founded Communiteer in 2016 to make it easier for people to ‘do more good’. Through the use of technology, Communiteer have created a scalable solution to increase social participation in Australia.

Free Communiteer Workshop – 25th September 2019. Book now! 2019-09-16T14:19:40+00:00