Government website

For all the latest Tasmanian Government information about COVID-19 Coronavirus please visit

You can access the following information from the site:


Fact sheets

Keeping yourself safe

Families and community


Find out more

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Awards postponed

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and each passing day brings new developments, our top priority remains the health and safety of our teams, volunteers and our community.

We would like to announce that the 2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards have been POSTPONED until later in the year.

A new date will be advised as soon as we can! We believe that it is more important than ever to highlight the amazing stories of contribution, connection and community that the Awards provide, so we have extended the nomination period.

Nominations now close 18 May 2020 – the beginning of National Volunteer Week!

Please keep nominating! Please keep sharing your stories with us. Please help us recognise those volunteers and volunteer programs that continue to make a difference!

If you have already submitted your nomination and would like to take advantage of the additional time due to this extension, please contact the team 

The Award Categories are:

·        Emergency Services 

·        Education Science and Technology

·        Environment, Animal Care and Conservation 

·        Community Care and Health 

·        Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Events 

·        Lifetime Achievement Volunteer

·        Best Practice in Volunteer Management

·        Corporate and Civic 

·        Volunteer Program of the Year

·        Sport, Recreation and Service Groups


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COVID-19 Resources

Dear Members and friends,

We are all living, working and volunteering in challenging times, but also in times that may present with new and different opportunities for innovation and connection.

Volunteering Tasmania is here to support organisations and volunteers as we work together to navigate through the uncertainty.

Although things are moving quickly, please find attached some Resources for organisations and volunteers that we hope will assist and provide some guidance.

As always we are open to your feedback, concerns and sector issues. Please reach out if you need to.

Stay safe and stay well.

Kindest regards,

Lisa and the VT Team


Here are some Resources for Volunteer Involving Organisations

VolunteeringTasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 1 General Advice

VolunteeringTasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 2 Business Continuity


Here are some Resources for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 3 Advice for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 4 Stop the Spread


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VT response to COVID-19

March 17, 2020

In light of the current and changing situation regarding COVID-19, we wish to advise you of the steps we have taken to minimise the impact that the virus has on the health and wellbeing of our team, including our volunteers.We are monitoring the information provided via the World Health Organisation, Australian Department of Health and the Tasmanian Department of Health – Public Health in regard to minimising the spread of the coronavirus and have strategies to implement as recommendations come to hand.

We are adjusting our practices in the following ways. Our team now has the option to;

  • Work from home where appropriate.
  • As a result, our office doors are closed until further notice, however we are still operating during normal business hours.
  • Our Referral Office have started conducting referral interviews over the phone and will not do interviews in person until further notice.
  • We have postponed all VT training events until further notice and will provide online delivery options where possible. We are also keeping our participants updated.
  • The community events we are involved with have been cancelled or postponed by organisers and we are working with our community partners to assist in other ways.
  • We have postponed indefinitely our Introduction to Volunteering Sessions and Network Meetings.
  • There is no work-related travel until further notice.
  • We are teleconferencing for external meetings to minimise attending large gatherings
  • We are encouraging safe space between workers (1.5m)  both at work and in social environments.
  • We have a key focus on hygiene, hand washing and respiratory etiquette to minimise the spread of germs.
  • Adherence to protocols for our workers who have travelled overseas or been in contact with someone who have travelled.
  • Our team are encouraged to stay away from work if unwell and sending people home if they present to work unwell.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us

Here are some Resources  for Volunteer Involving Organisations

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 1 General Advice

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 2 Business Continuity

Here are some Resources  for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 3 Advice for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 4 Stop the Spread


Below are links to the official State Government’s Fact Sheets covering the essential public information for current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

click here for – Coronavirus Where Can I Get Information v2 Fact Sheet

click here for – Hand Washing Procedure – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

click here for – Important Information About Coronavirus Fact Sheet

click here for – Self Assessment Tool – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

click here for – Tasmanian Hotlines – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

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Budget Priority Statement 2020-21

As the Peak body for volunteering in Tasmania, we are here to support volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations and the Tasmanian Government as we work together to ensure a vibrant and active volunteer sector for the state. Through our members we represent over 50,000 Tasmanians who give their time to volunteering.

For the State Budget 2020-21, we have outlined the key priorities  and are asking the Tasmanian Government for a strategic investment so that we can support, sustain and safeguard the sector now and into the future.

Our budget priorities were informed  by our recent research – The State of Volunteering Report 2019  and consultation with our Members.

We are delighted to present our 2020-21 Budget Priority Statement. If you have any questions or feedback, as always please feel free to reach out to us.

Read our submission here




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State-wide Symposium

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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VT 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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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

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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