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.

During National Volunteer Week, 21-27 May, the 2018 Queensland Volunteering Awards were held to honour the inspiring endeavours of hundreds of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer-involving organisations and businesses that invest in employee volunteering programs, to bring about positive change in our community.

Today the Queensland Premier, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, and Minister for Education, the Hon Grace Grace MP, announced the re-launch of the Queensland Ready Reading Volunteer Program.

Working in partnership with Volunteering Queensland, the program will train up to 3,000 mums, dads, carers and members of the community to share their knowledge and time and foster a love of reading in Queensland school classrooms.