Christmas is often a time to celebrate with family and friends, however many other families and individuals are often doing it tough and may need that extra support during this festive season. 2020 has been an especially challenging year and there are many in our community who will be needing extra support.

Volunteering Queensland is excited to open the inaugural State of Volunteering in Queensland survey for volunteer-involving organisations!

The survey data will result in a flagship report into the status, and the economic and social value of volunteering through a State of Volunteering in Queensland report.

Throughout the recent bushfire and cyclone/ monsoonal flooding seasons and COVID-19 pandemic, the indispensable quality of volunteers has been clearly demonstrated.

Queenslanders will always step up in times of need, but strong, effective, and coordinated leadership is required to turn their goodwill into successful outcomes. During both times of disaster and fortune, the capacity and strength of the volunteering sector requires investment and support to reflect the continuing benefits that volunteers provide in all aspects of Queensland life.

Read the six key opportunities that Volunteering Queensland asked candidates and political parties to commit to, and what their responses were.

The Treasurer referred to volunteer firefighters and their efforts during the Summer bushfires in his opening remarks, in the context of thanking our frontline healthcare workers. The Treasurer highlighted the “courage, commitment and compassion reflect the very best of Australia” and that “these qualities are the invisible strength of Australia.”

No new funding is allocated to volunteering in the Federal Budget.

View the funding provided for the Volunteer Grants, the Volunteer Management Activity, and other highlights relevant to volunteering.

Great news! We are proud to announce our NVW Small Grants Initiative has been expanded!!

Due to overwhelming interest from volunteer organisations in the NVW Small Grants Initiative, the Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, the Hon. Coralee O'Rourke MP, has announced a further $15,000 to support the expansion of the grants for 2020.