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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

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

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.
The State of Volunteering Symposium Program Release 2019-08-20T15:41:17+00:00

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

National week shines spotlight on Australia’s student volunteers 2019-08-11T15:08:42+00:00

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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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.

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.

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


SYMPOSIUM is all about;

  • STATE OF PLAY… understand what is happening in our community and the sector in order to develop strategies that are informed and that deliver outcomes;
  • STATE OF KNOWLEDGE…highlighting international, national or local research and how it impacts on our volunteering practice;
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS… ensure organisational success by understanding key legal and HR issues that impact your volunteer management;
  • STATE OF MIND… mental health, self care and creating workplace cultures that drive optimal employee and volunteer outcomes;
  • STATE OF THE ART… utilise new and emerging technology to advance your organisation’s capabilities, capacities, communication with volunteers and inspire them towards the organisation’s shared mission and values.


Speakers have been selected based on their expertise, know-how, leadership and unique view on the State of Volunteering. They will inform and inspire. Speakers announced soon.


The future state of volunteering – changing the ways we think about volunteers

Volunteering is evolving and will continue to do so into the future. How do we ensure we are responding to our society’s needs while retaining the essence of what it is that enables volunteers to make a different? How do we hang on to the past without jeopardising the future? and What responsibility do we have for shaping the future state of volunteering in Australia and more globally? . Dynamic, reflexive and responsive volunteering and volunteer involving organisations are what we need to ensure that volunteers are able to continue to make a contribution to our ever-changing society. How can we be ready to meet this challenge?


Dr Megan Paull is senior lecturer in the Murdoch Business School at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Megan has been an active researcher in the volunteering area in Australia for over 25 years and has always tackled topics which challenge managers of volunteers. Her current research includes volunteering in aged care settings, bullying in volunteer settings and valuing volunteer managers. One aspect of research she particularly enjoys is running workshops and seminars, to ensure that her research is communicated back to the communities in which she is working.

An active volunteer, Megan currently serves on the board of Volunteering WA and on the Volunteering WA research committee. Megan was recently on the board of Volunteering Australia and was an active participant in their move from representative to skills based board, chairing their nominations committee during that process.

More information and full program to be released in early August.

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Sector Development Calendar

August 2019
How to eat an elephant (one bite at a time)!

Grant writing workshop: Learn how to be ready for those grant opportunities when they arise. This workshop will work through how to find opportunities, what to consider before applying, how to plan, prepare and write a grant. How to build a funding portfolio.

Facilitator: Lisa Schimanski: CEO Volunteering Tasmania. Lisa has 20 years writing and reviewing grant and tender applications across fields as diverse as horticulture, health and medical research, sport and community sector.

PLEASE NOTE: All sessions now SOLD OUT but to Express Interest in a future session please email emilyc@volunteeringtas.org.au

Book tickets:


Tuesday 13 August: 9.30-4pm


Tuesday 20 August: 9.30-4pm


Thursday 22 August: 9.30-4pm

Members $65Non-members $120
October 2019
Shine a light on….

Workshop exploring privacy, confidentiality and ethics in volunteering. This workshop is designed for volunteer professionals and volunteers. This is an essential and sometimes overlooked aspect of volunteering. Come along and get the basics as well as some tips on how to avoid common traps.

NOTE: These sessions have been postponed until further notice; to Express your Interest in future sessions, please email emilyc@volunteeringtas.org.au

North-West: Wednesday 16 October 2pm-5pm.

Launceston: Thursday 17 October 10am-1pm

Hobart: Tuesday 22 October 10am-1pm


$32 members

$15 volunteers

$60 non-members

November 2019
International Volunteer Managers Day Forum: Activate your volunteer program: Activate YOU. 5 November Investment:

$30 members

$80 non-members

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Young Director opportunity on the Volunteering Tasmania Board



Do you want to make a difference to the Tasmanian community whilst gaining experience at a board level?
By becoming a Young Director on the Volunteering Tasmania Board, you can have a real influence on volunteering in Tasmania.

This unique experience may also give you a valuable edge in the competitive job market.
Are you:

• Aged between 18-30 years old?
• Seeking experience in a not for profit organisation
• Interested in how a board works?
• Passionate about the Tasmanian community?
• Prepared to make a commitment to a volunteer board for a great cause?

The position is made available to encourage participation of young people in Board level work and allow them to gain experience in a practical and supported way.
Director positions are voluntary – there is no remuneration, however reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
An Information pack is available. This contains information on the Director role and VT and the application process. People who meet our requirements will be invited to speak with or meet a Director to further discuss the role and your interest.

To obtain an information pack send an email to: board@volunteeringtas.org.au

Applications close at 5.00pm, 14 July 2019.

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Expressions of Interest Volunteering Tasmania Board



Volunteering Tasmania is the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania. Our purpose is to help Tasmanians experience the benefits of volunteering. Volunteering Tasmania is a state-wide, not for profit organisation with head office in Hobart.


With annual elections due, enthusiastic, experienced and skilled people are encouraged to indicate interest in joining the Volunteering Tasmania Board.  Board positions are voluntary and not remunerated.  Up to three elected Director may be filled at this time.


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 Board.  We would like to talk to you if you have some of the following –

  • Board and senior management experience
  • Government relations
  • Public profile and personal networks
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically
  • The ability to attend meetings and contribute to committees and out of session discussions and decision making


Length of term: Three years, (a one-year appointment may be considered in some instances).


Meetings and time commitment:  We meet around 6 times per year on average with active sub-committees, a commitment of around 5-10 hours per month on Director duties.


To Apply: Obtain an Information pack which contains the application details.  People who best meet our requirements will be invited to speak with or meet a Director to further discuss the role and your interest.

To obtain an information pack send an email to board@volunteeringtas.org.au  


Applications close at 5.00pm, 14 July 2019.

Expressions of Interest Volunteering Tasmania Board 2019-07-15T09:32:42+00:00