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Thank you to all Queensland candidates who took the pledge to Vote for Volunteering:
- 33 House of Representative Candidates
- 26 Senate Candidates
This federal election campaign, Volunteering Queensland is supporting Volunteering Australia’s call to federal candidates to Vote for Volunteering.
Volunteering Australia is asking candidates to pledge to work in partnership with the volunteering sector to support the work of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations if elected on 2 July.
Volunteering doesn’t happen by accident. For a volunteer program to work effectively, it requires strong and effective management that is properly resourced. Volunteer managers work within volunteer-involving organisations or as part of volunteer support organisations, linking volunteers with opportunities in their community. They provide training, placement and support. They make sure the volunteering environment is welcoming and safe.
The uncertainty of short-term grants-based funding, combined with constant changes to the policy space within which we operate, is hurting the volunteering sector. Over the last five years, federal government funding to volunteering has reduced. There’s been no announcement of the next round of DSS funding for volunteer management in 2016-17. This lack of cohesion makes it impossible for volunteer-involving organisations to build strong programs that will thrive into the future.
We need leaders in the federal parliament who will support the volunteering community to grow and thrive.
We invite you to join Volunteering Australia this federal election campaign to ask candidates to take the pledge and Vote for Volunteering.
A Vote for Volunteering is a vote to acknowledge that volunteering supports the work of the federal government through the delivery of core programs, making a significant contribution to the Australian economy and society. It further acknowledges that the delivery of successful volunteering programs requires adequate funding that must keep pace with the growth in demand. It shows concern for reports that show that the number of volunteers in Australia is decreasing and a belief that Government must show the leadership required to encourage more people into volunteering.
It also seeks:
- A new National Volunteering Strategy that is non-partisan and developed in partnership with Volunteering Australia and other relevant sectors
- A commitment to increased federal funding to volunteering that is managed sustainably, consistently and transparently, and that is allocated as a result of independent research and collaboration with the sector in the form of a Productivity Commission inquiry
- An acknowledgement that the work of volunteering crosses all portfolios of the Government, and must be administered accordingly
- An increase in support for volunteering in areas with critical gaps, such as aged care, disability services, emergency management and youth.
To learn more about each of these objectives we encourage you to read through Volunteering Australia's Election Platform.