Volunteering Australia is delighted that a motion from Senator Louise Pratt today passed in the Senate. The motion calls on the government to recognise the importance of funding volunteer management services and Volunteering Australia’s campaign to retain funding for volunteer management as part of the Federal Budget. We thank Senator Louise Pratt and Senator Jacqui Lambie for their support.

Today, on Valentine’s Day, Volunteering Australia and State and Territory Peak partners hosted the ‘Share the Love’ for Volunteer Support Services event at Australian Parliament House to kick off a national volunteering advocacy campaign. Minister for Social Services Christian Porter MP and Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Social Services Louise Pratt spoke at the event, attended by politicians and representatives of volunteer support services from around the country.

An announcement today from the Department of Social Services that volunteer support services will no longer be eligible for their own pool of grants funding has disappointed Volunteering Australia, who say that the move demonstrates the Federal Government’s continued undervaluing of the role of volunteering in building strong and resilient communities.

It sounds like a simple question but it’s not an easy one to answer.

Volunteering Queensland and the RFBAQ are taking on the challenge to clearly describe the important work 110,000 unpaid emergency volunteers from organisations such as Rural Fire Brigades, Coast Guards, SES, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Ambulance First Responders and other unsung heroes do across Queensland.

Volunteer-involving organisations and volunteers are at the heart of everything we do and our members are very important to us. Your membership is pivotal to enabling us to both advance our mission and ensure that volunteerism in Queensland is able to flourish into the future.

For more than 34 years we have worked to advocate, represent and support you to deliver your critical and valuable services through the successful endeavours of your volunteer workforce.

These prestigious awards acknowledge the endeavours of inspiring Queenslanders who promote the spirit of volunteerism.

They pay tribute to their compassion, commitment, hard work and the positive impact they contribute to communities.

If you know a volunteer, manager of volunteers, volunteer program or employee volunteering program that deserves recognition, nominate them today!

Volunteering Queensland and other volunteer-involving organisations alike are inundated with requests in the lead-up to Christmas. Many people are looking to selflessly volunteer their time over the holidays and particularly on Christmas Day.

There is often greater demand than available opportunities during the festive season. Many organisations close or have enough existing volunteers to fill required roles.

Although, at present there are some great Christmas volunteering opportunities available. There's gift wrapping, hamper packing and helping with children's parties.