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.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a National Volunteer Week Small Grants application.

We received 191 excellent applications and would like to thank all volunteer-involving organisations that applied. Volunteering Queensland acknowledges the inspiring and impactful work done by each organisation and volunteer. We wish we could have funded each application.

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. 

Volunteering Australia and Volunteering Queensland have received a number of enquiries about the changes to participation requirements in relation to the Working Age Payments Reforms – Budget 2017-18. Please read this Q&A factsheet provided by The Department of Jobs and Small Business.

For more information on the Working Age Payments Reforms  Budget 2017-18 visit the Department of Human Services website or call 132 850.