Volunteering Australia and the State and Territory volunteering peak bodies have serious concerns about the new process introduced to administer 2019-20 Volunteer Grants. We are calling on the Federal Government to commit to a transparent evaluation of the revised approach and to review the administration of the program in response to evaluation findings.

The Australian Government has opened applications for its 2019-20 Volunteer Grants. These Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

In 1970, a group of women from Los Angeles, California and the people they encountered while volunteering, shared a vision to elevate and empower the communities of volunteers that exist around the world. They believed that it is through volunteering that we can “build bridges of international understanding”. With this inspired idea, they hosted the first ever world volunteer conference LIVE (Learning through International Volunteer Effort), bringing together volunteers from all over the world. That conference was the birthplace of what soon after became the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE).

With school resuming for 2020 (along with TAFE and University), have you thought about becoming part of your community by volunteering in our education sector?

Help future leaders to grow their vocabulary, language, socialising skills and creativity. Contribute to children's life-long skills that will support their future growth and learning. Help marginalised adults increase their English language skills or improve their success at university.