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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

Volunteering Tasmania Symposium Scholarships

Volunteering Tasmania will be hosting The State of Volunteering in Tasmania Symposium on Tuesday 24 September in Hobart. Volunteering Tasmania with the kind support of The University of Tasmania, are offering scholarships to support the attendance and participation of delegates from the North, North-East, North-West and West Coast regions. Scholarships are only available to Volunteering Tasmania Members and priority will be given to smaller organisations.

Scholarship Guidelines

The scholarships are designed to enable attendance for coordinators and emerging coordinators of volunteers (both in a paid or unpaid capacity) who would otherwise not be able to attend.

The scholarships include:

  • EIGHT (8) SYMPOSIUM SCHOLARSHIPS. Entry to all official conference sessions, daily catering and any published learning materials.
  • TWO (2) SYMPOSIUM AND ACCOMMODATION SCHOLARSHIPS. Entry to all official symposium sessions, daily catering and any published learning materials and one (1) night’s accommodation at the preferred conference accommodation provider.

How to apply:

Volunteering Tasmania invites applicants to complete and submit the  Application Form, along with a document addressing the Selection Criteria.

All applicants will be assessed based on the applicant demonstrating the need to attend and how the applicant will share the symposium learnings with their organisation and/or community.

Applications must be endorsed by the CEO/Manager/Chairperson of the organisation the applicant is representing.

Applications can be submitted to juliaf@volunteeringtas.org.au by Wednesday 11 September 2019.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss please call Julia Fassina on 6231 5550.

n.b. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for their own ground transport costs and any other associated travel costs to and from the venue. For Scholarships including accommodation, any changes to accommodation made by the recipient that incur an extra cost will be at the recipient’s expense. Breakfast is included in the accommodation package, however dinner is at the expense of the applicant.



With thanks to Event Partner:

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Recruiting volunteers – thinking outside the square


As a volunteer involving organisation, do you wait until an existing volunteer leaves or puts in notice to then start the recruitment and appointing the replacement volunteer phase? Or do you take a strategic approach to all volunteer roles, investing time to think outside the square to how you can really engage volunteers within your organisation?

At the end of the day it boils down to proactive and reactive approaches to volunteer recruitment. The old saying… do what you’ve always done, get what you’ve always got.

When engaging people in a volunteer capacity you must think outside the square, dare to be different, look at all aspects of what this role (or roles) could contribute towards your workforce and “recruit for attitude, train for skill!”

You may get someone willing and wanting to have a go with a great attitude, zest for life and work ethic, yet they have minimal skills or experience required for the actual role you have vacant – this is your opportunity to engage the person in another area within your volunteer program, or create a role that fits their attributes and enthusiasm!

When screening potential volunteers be sure to keep the peripheral vision open, try not to deter someone because they only partially fit the role – you could even look at splitting the role and making it a couple different positions.

Build your community – quite often volunteer interest is raised due to an emotional link to the cause/activity. People naturally want to give and do something to help out – by connecting people and gearing existing volunteers to be ambassadors of your volunteer program – people often share what brings them joy – this (word-of-mouth) is your greatest recruitment tool!

Have you considered running a Volunteer Information Session where potential volunteers can be informed about what the organisation’s purpose is and ways they can get involved?

Words spark emotion, emotion drives behaviour; share your story, engage your potential volunteers in such a way they see themselves volunteering for your organisation – remember people first will decide if you are worth volunteering for, then fit you into their schedules.

When we look at the overall volunteer contribution each year of 71 million hours[1] gifted to organisations, community groups, committees and boards – and the many ways people are engaged in these organisations – successful experiences come from initiatives such as recognition, flexibility in the role, time and location, being appreciated and generally providing a good volunteering experience.

Want to activate your volunteer involvement? Ask VT how to think outside the square…

By Kate Crawford

[1] State of Volunteering Report 2014: Volunteering Tasmania

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Volunteer or employee? A helpful example from South Australia

The recent South Australian decision of Wieland v Return to Work SA shows how not-for-profit groups can distinguish whether a person is a volunteer or an employee. In this case, Ms Wieland held a number of roles with Basketball SA, including referee coordinator, referee coach, and court supervisor. Ms Wieland received $500 per season for each role, as well as payments for her referee coach ($15-20 per game) and court supervisor ($12 per hour plus $1 for each game) roles. Basketball SA made these payments in cash, and Ms Wieland did not declare them as income for tax purposes. In 2017, Ms Wieland fell over and injured herself as she entered a stadium to participate in a meeting and act as a referee coach. Ms Wieland made a claim for compensation under the South Australian legislation for injured workers. To be entitled to compensation, Ms Wieland needed to prove that she and Basketball SA mutually intended to create a legally enforceable contractual relationship between them. Although Basketball SA had classified Ms. Wieland as a ‘volunteer’, the South Australian Employment Tribunal wasn’t satisfied that she was a volunteer. The Tribunal noted that, even though Basketball SA was a not-for-profit organisation that would be expected to engage volunteers, it also had employees. The Tribunal said that for the roles of referee coach and court supervisor, there was a direct correlation between the hours worked and the amount Basketball SA paid Ms Wieland, so the parities mutually intended to create a contractual relationship. Ms Wieland was therefore entitled to compensation for her injuries.

This case illustrates how the distinction between a volunteer and employee can be difficult to make, especially when a person has a number of roles in a not-for-profit organisation.

Justice Connect have a range of volunteer resources available to assist your organisation in understanding its obligations

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The State of Volunteering Symposium Program Release

THE STATE OF VOLUNTEERING Symposium is a thought-provoking learning event, offering the perfect one-day intensive that will provide a combination of professional development and deliver a deeper understanding of what is happening in the volunteering sector.

The Symposium will be the official launch of the 2019 State of Volunteering Report providing key state-wide insights into volunteering.

Inspiring keynotes, presentations, panels, workshops and sharing of ideas are just the start.


Explore and unpack key issues with like-minded people and together we can shape the future of volunteering both in our organisations and in our state.
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National week shines spotlight on Australia’s student volunteers

Media Release

12 August 2019

Today marks the beginning of National Student Volunteer Week 2019, which runs from 12 – 18 August.

This year with the theme ‘challenge yourself, be the change, celebrate each other’ the week will promote, support and recognise student volunteering across Australia.
National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) celebrates students who volunteer, and challenges more young people to experience the personal and professional benefits of getting involved in their communities through volunteering.

National Student Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the substantial contribution of time, energy and skill made by student volunteers.

Events will be hosted by universities and schools nation-wide including volunteer expos, workshops, and panels, networking sessions, fundraising drives, thank you events and volunteer projects that help local non-profits.

Volunteering Tasmania CEO, Lisa Schimanski, said engaging young people in meaningful volunteer work is a key priority for the volunteering sector at a national and local level.

“Providing students with opportunities to make a positive impact through volunteering enhances their student experience, it helps them with their personal and professional development and their career-aspirations.”

“Strengths that students bring to their volunteering include their diversity, creativity, enthusiasm, understanding of technology and their new, innovative ideas, which benefits nonprofits and in turn whole communities,” Dr Schimanski said.

Volunteering Tasmania and its Member organisations are working collaboratively to increase opportunities for local and international students to volunteer, many are only too willing to provide opportunities for young people.

Volunteering Tasmania encourages those students who haven’t experienced volunteering yet, to find out more, and get involved.

“Students who are given the opportunity to meaningfully and significantly engage in the community not only reap the many personal rewards of volunteering, they also build the capacity of our sector and contribute significantly to the economy “says Dr Schimanski.

Student volunteers themselves understand the many benefits of volunteering.

Ornella Dandolo a University of Tasmania Business student and active volunteer says,
“The best thing about volunteering is getting involved in the community, connecting to new networks and it is a really good way of meeting new people.”

Volunteering Tasmania will be involved a range of events during National Student Volunteer Week to promote volunteering and engage with students, including;

  • UTAS Volunteering Expo University of Tasmania at Sandy Bay campus Tuesday 13th of August 12 -2pm
  • UTAS Volunteering Expo University of Tasmania at Cradle Coast campus Tuesday 13th of August 12 -2pm
  • Volunteering Tasmania Pop-Up referral desk TasTafe Hobart campus Wednesday 14th of August 12 – 2pm
  • Introduction to Volunteering presentations at high schools across the state.

Contact Volunteering Tasmania for a list of member organisations offering volunteering opportunities to students and young people. Free call 1800 677 895 or email admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

Veney Hiller, Volunteering Tasmania Deputy CEO, 0415 236 934
E: veneyh@volunteeringtas.org.au

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Network Meetings

Please join us and other volunteering professionals at our next Volunteer Management Network Meeting as we explore key issues in our sector;

  • Are  your volunteers supporting your strategic direction?
  • How do we plan and provide resourcing for volunteers that meet our organisations strategic direction?
  • How do we engage volunteers in meaningful roles that meet our organisation’s goals and objectives?

Members: Free | Non Members $25 plus booking fee
Bookings essential. Click below to reserve/purchase your place.

Date and Time
Wed., 24 July 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm AEST

Australian Italian Club
77 Federal St
North Hobart TAS 7000

Date and Time
Tue., 30 July 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEST

Launceston Library
71 Civic Square
Launceston TAS 7250, TAS 7250

Date and Time
Wed., 31 July 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm AEST

Wynyard Community Centre
Little Goldie St, Wynyard
( Behind Save-A-Buck)

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