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

Veney Hiller, Volunteering Tasmania Deputy CEO, 0415 236 934

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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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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: Hobart session is now SOLD OUT but to Express Interest in a future session please email

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.

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:

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  


Applications close at 5.00pm, 14 July 2019.

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Winners announced for the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

What an incredible day, celebrating some amazing volunteers and volunteer organisations.

The 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards held at Government House acknowledge the valuable contribution volunteers make to the Tasmanian community and signifies the start of National Volunteer Week (20-26 May 2019).

Patron of Volunteering Tasmania, Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania hosted the finalists, their nominators, industry sponsors and VIPs at the official Awards ceremony at Government House.

Winners were announced in 10 categories, including the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award presented in recognition of exemplary long-term commitment to the volunteering sector.

The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP, presented the 2019 Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award to

Ms Tania Watson from Share the Dignity.

Ms Watson currently leads a team of 70 volunteers at Share the Dignity, a not-for-profit organisation that collects and distributes essential sanitary items and other necessities to 57 local charities that support women in Tasmania experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, or experiencing financial hardship.

“I believe no woman or girl should go without these basic necessities” Tania said.

Tania volunteers in addition to working full time as a teaching assistant in literacy support and studying for her associate degree in Education.

Volunteering Tasmania’s CEO Lisa Schimanski says “the impact of volunteering goes far beyond the gift of time from one person to another, it strengthens the social fabric of entire communities.”

“Tania and all the finalists and winners of today’s Awards embody the very spirit of this year’s National Volunteer Week theme making a world of difference, because indeed they do.” Lisa said.

The Awards are Tasmania’s only state-wide program that formally recognises excellence in volunteering and are supported by the State Government and valued sponsors.


The 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Award winners are:


Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award Winner

Tania Watson – Share the Dignity


Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Edna Pennicott – Kingborough Helping Hands Inc.


Anglicare Tasmania Community Care and Health Award Winner

Tania Watson – Share the Dignity


Bulk Nutrients Sport and Recreation Award Winner

Shelley Miller – Athletics Tasmania


CatholicCare Tasmania Volunteer Program of the Year Award Winner     

Melanoma Tasmania


Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management

Di Mason- Melanoma Tasmania


Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award         Winner

Kate Gillham – Tasmania Fire Service Campania Fire Brigade


Spirit of Tasmania Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award Winner

Shirley Baker – Friends of Deal Island Wildcare Inc.


TasTAFE Education, Science and Technology Award Winner

Jannie Fahey – Aurora Disability Service


Volunteering Tasmania Corporate and Civic Volunteering Award Winner

Aurora Energy


Volunteering Tasmania Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award Winner

Anne & Peter Booth- Wildcare Inc.




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Volunteering Tasmania Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award

This Award is dedicated to the many volunteers who participate in land and environmental conservation and education, and to the huge-hearted volunteers who give up their time, their skills and sometimes even their homes to helping sick, injured and orphaned animals.


Anne and Peter Booth – Wildcare Inc.

Anne and Peter Booth have led a successful weed-eradication program on Maria Island for 14 years. As Friends of Maria Island ‘Sweeping the Broom’ program, they have co-ordinated over 50 volunteer working bees, to hand-pull millions of weeds that threaten the National Park’s heritage and natural values.

Anne and Peter are a powerful pair of quiet, committed, community leaders. They not only have a vision, they have an effective strategy to make it happen. For example, they developed a detailed ‘colour coding’ mapping system to systematically tackle the weeds. The Booth’s initial weed containment objective has since expanded to eradication from huge areas.

Anne and Peter have been responsible for planning, liaison with the parks service, coordinating transport on and off the island, writing reports, applying for grants, lobbying, and updating vegetation maps and the Atlas of Living Australia.

Their ability to marshall resources, train and energise the volunteer teams, and work with Parks and other organisations is truly an inspiration and shows what can be achieved with passion and commitment.

The finalists are:

Alison Curtis-Godillon – Wombat Rescue Tasmania

Alison volunteers with both Wombat Rescue Tasmania and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. She is an enthusiastic and willing wildlife volunteer, who is professional in her approach and dedicated to the health and welfare of wombats.

For the past year, Alison has single-handedly managed mange-affected wombats on Dalness Farm near Evandale, as well as several other properties. She visits weekly to treat mange-affected wombats and to set camera traps to check on their health. Alison self-funds most of her volunteering activities, including buying a motion sensor camera to check up on the progress of diseased wombats.

Alison volunteers to transport injured wombats for vet treatment and participates in hand-rearing orphaned young, which involves many nights of disrupted sleep due to the necessary 3-hourly feeds.

She liaises with state wildlife officers and research staff at the University of Tasmania, seeking and providing information to keep abreast of best-practice treatments. Alison also actively contributes information to DPIPWE wildlife management officers for the database.

Toni Johnstone – Tasmanian Lost Pet Register

Toni Hainsworth-Johnstone is a Team Leader at the Tasmanian Lost Pet Register. Reliable and positive, Toni consistently goes the extra mile to ensure the success of the many initiatives and improvements she has brought to the register. She dedicates over 40 hours per week to her role as coordinator, giving her time to meet with the public, the media and other animal rescue centres.

Toni tirelessly recruits, encourages and inspires a large team of volunteers to help ensure the success of the register. She shows flexibility and dedication in her role, willingly adapting her work and home life to fit her volunteer and coordinator roles.

In her seven years of volunteering with the Lost Pet Register, Toni’s responsive and helpful manner, perseverance and positive attitude has helped to reunite countless lost and found pets with their families.

Susan Weeding – Old Beach Scout Group

Susan Weeding is a Cub Scout Leader and Scout Adult Helper at Old Beach Scout Group. When the Group was recently at risk of closing, Susan tripled her volunteer hours and took on extra administration work to ensure its continued operation.

Susan is deeply committed to the environment and knows that today’s children need environmental experiences beyond the classroom. She passionately believes that children will connect best to our wild places by physically being there, having fun, and learning about environmental conservation. With her common sense and calm attitude, the youth she works with feel safe participating in challenging outdoor activities that extend their comfort zone.

Susan’s inspires environmental enthusiasm in the Scouts will carry them through to adulthood, positively impacting schoolmates, friends, and communities.

Susan’s positive attitude has kept the Old Beach Scouts alive, to the benefit of both the children and adults who participate.


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