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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 


We have a question 2019-09-30T17:14:20+00:00

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

AGM and Annual Report 2018/19 2019-10-01T11:29:38+00:00

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.

The State of Volunteering Report 2019 2019-09-27T10:26:49+00:00

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.


2018/2019 Volunteering Tasmania Annual Report 2019-09-19T17:16:12+00:00

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:

Volunteering Tasmania Symposium Scholarships 2019-09-04T17:02:23+00:00

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

Recruiting volunteers – thinking outside the square 2019-08-30T12:24:29+00:00

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

Volunteer or employee? A helpful example from South Australia 2019-08-30T09:45:11+00:00