Volunteering is integral to the Australian way of life, our quality of living and the ability of various organisations and governments to serve our communities.

Volunteering Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to advise the Treasury on how best to resource volunteering as it prepares the 2020-21 Federal Budget.

The historic Queensland Human Rights Act will be introduced from 01 January 2020. The Act is intended to protect and respect the freedom, equality and dignity of every person in Queensland. It is also a vehicle to help deliver better services and support for all Queenslanders, especially for those experiencing vulnerabilities in our society.

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) and Volunteering Australia have today released their report, ‘Volunteering and Settlement in Australia’, with a snapshot of the volunteering activities of new migrants and refugees in Australia.

In the settlement sector, 65 per cent of new arrivals to Australia volunteered within the first 18 months of their arrival to Australia, to contribute to society, make friends, improve their English or gain local work experience.

A series for three Volunteer Leadership Forums held in Logan (1 November), Brisbane (27 November) and Ipswich (28 November) were organised in partnership between Griffith University’s Community Internship Program, Flexible Living’s Volunteer Service, Volunteering Services Australia (West Moreton) and Volunteering Queensland, with the generous support of Logan City Council and Griffith University, following the success of 2017’s inaugural Brisbane Volunteer Leadership Forum. The vision was free professional development opportunities gifted to volunteers, and volunteer coordinators and managers, as a gesture of thanks for the important role volunteers play in the community, and the contribution of volunteering to society as a whole.