State Volunteering Conference

Volunteering Queensland’s inaugural State Volunteering Conference will equip you with valuable strategies and good practices to maximise the contribution of your volunteers, enhance the impact of your volunteer program, and advance your cause.

The conference will:

  • Enable volunteer-involving organisations to better navigate the complexities of contemporary volunteering
  • Inspire industry to deliver adaptive, innovative, inclusive and impactful volunteer programs
  • Increase knowledge, influence and meaningful outcomes for the volunteering movement.

It will be a fantastic occasion to learn from a wide variety of expert presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops. Topics covered will be key to promoting, empowering and advancing our industry in 2017 and into the future. There will be an array of delegate networking opportunities so you can connect and share ideas and experiences with your peers.

Early bird registrations now open.

International keynote


Tobi Johnson (USA)

Tobi, a stand out at the 2016 National Volunteering Conference, returns to Australia as a keynote speaker to share her insights about volunteering leadership and international best practice.

Tobi has over 25 years direct experience in the nonprofit sector and is a recognised expert and thought leader in the field of volunteer engagement.

Tobi is the President of Tobi Johnson & Associates, a volunteer management consulting firm whose mission is to help nonprofits connect with remarkable volunteers who share a common vision for a better world.

In the spring of 2015, Tobi launched VolunteerPro, an online networking and learning community for leaders of volunteers.

Tobi is also a primary contributor to Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights for Transforming Volunteer Programs in a Changing World, published by Wiley & Sons in May 2015. She also shares insights and evidence-based strategies to attract, inspire and mobilise top volunteer talent through Tobi’s Volunteer Management Blog and through her online professional development community for leaders of volunteers.

Tobi will deliver the keynote presentation and provide valuable strategic workshops.

View Tobi's full biography on her website

Session speakers


Associate Professor Kirsten Holmes, Curtin University &
Associate Professor Leonie Lockstone-Binney, William Angliss Institute

How to identify potential new volunteers

Why do people choose not to volunteer? How can we help more Australians to volunteer in the future? This interactive presentation launches an exciting and new Convertibility instrument or tool, which calculates an individual’s likelihood to volunteer. The Creating and Sustaining a Strong Future for Volunteering in Australia project, which is funded by the Australian Research Council, has developed an online instrument based on an extensive national research project of non-volunteers. The instrument uses a small number of questions to calculate an individual’s likelihood to volunteer. It will be of particular use to organisations in targeting their volunteer recruitment effectively.

Read Kirsten's biography

Kirsten Holmes is an Associate Professor in the School of Marketing at Curtin University. She is an internationally-recognised expert in the study of volunteering and has over 20 years’ experience of researching volunteerism in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her research has been funded by the Australian Government, the WA State Government, the UK Government and the International Olympic Committee as well as numerous not-for-profit organisations. Her research currently focuses on encouraging non-volunteers into volunteering, event volunteer legacies and rural volunteering.

View Kirsten's full biography on the Curtin University website

Read Leonie's biography

Leonie Lockstone-Binney is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at William Angliss Institute, joining the organisation in June 2015. Previously, Leonie was employed at Victoria University as Associate Professor of Event Management and Discipline Head of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. Building on her PhD study of the management of volunteers and paid staff in the cultural tourism sector, Leonie’s main area of research expertise since 2000 relates to volunteering, specifically in event and tourism settings. Consolidating on her reputation in the field, Leonie has published her work in several top-tier journals and continues to collaborate on projects with leading researchers from Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including funded projects for the International Olympic Committee and the Australian Research Council.

View Leonie's full biography on the William Angliss Institute's website


Dr Peter Devereux, Curtin University

Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals: enabling and inspiring volunteer action that improves knowledge and outcomes at all levels

Peter will explore volunteerism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they link and provide leverage for volunteering synergies at individual, local, state, national and global levels. The SDGs inspire industry and communities to work together for the goals. This is illustrated by the national partnership for the SDGs between Global Compact Australia and Australian Council for International Development, Australian Council of Social Service and Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia Pacific. Peter will show how the SDGs can encourage an enabling environment for volunteering in diverse contexts. He will tie this to the SDGs in Australia and the United Nations Volunteers Plan of Action for 2016-30 and the work he is helping with to produce the next United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2018 on volunteering and resilience (read the previous 2015 report).

The session will help participants understand the broader themes and initiatives being discussed in the volunteering movement at an international level. This will inspire innovation and help local volunteer leaders to connect their work with global themes and opportunities.

Read Peter's biography

Dr Peter Devereux is an adjunct research fellow at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. He volunteers locally with Oxfam, the One World Centre and as a volunteer researcher for Volunteering Western Australia and internationally for the International Forum for Volunteering in Development. He is a research mentor for preparation of the 2018 United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report and coordinator of the Western Australian Sustainable Development Goals Network. He will also soon join his OT partner who is on volunteer assignment with Australian Volunteers International in Myanmar. Previously he worked in the United Nations Volunteers Headquarters; the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University; as a volunteer lecturer and NGO environmental adviser in Nicaragua, United Nations volunteer in Fiji, and as manager of Australian Volunteer International’s Perth office.

View Peter's full biography on the Curtin University website


Dr Megan Paull, Murdoch University

Are we valuing our volunteer managers?

Megan's interactive presentation will provide some insights into research being done to find out what organisations are doing (or not doing) to value their volunteer managers. Well run volunteer activities don’t just happen, and yet they are vital to attracting and retaining our volunteers, and helping them to deliver their service or carry out their volunteer roles. Despite this, some organisations don’t seem to value the dedicated individuals who ensure that programs run smoothly, while others are getting it right most of the time. Volunteer managers (co-ordinators, chairs, directors…and many other titles) range from those who are volunteers themselves, to highly paid members of staff, but it seems valuing them is less about the salary and more about other factors, including being recognised for their efforts. What does your organisation do already, and what might they consider in reviewing this important topic?

This session will increase knowledge about valuing volunteer managers and will enable organisations to better deliver their volunteer programs. 

Read Megan's biography

Megan Paull is an active researcher and facilitator in the area of volunteering. An academic at Murdoch University, Megan runs workshops in the sector based on her research and experience. She often tackles difficult topics in the areas of volunteering and volunteer management.

View Megan's full biography on the Murdoch University website


Associate Professor Wendy Scaife, Queensland University of Technology

Messages about volunteering from Giving Australia 2016

Giving Australia 2016 has collected comprehensive, up-to-date information from individuals, charitable organisations, philanthropists and businesses in Australia and provides critical information about giving and volunteering behaviours, attitudes and trends.

Read Wendy's biography

Associate Professor Wendy Scaife FFIA, FPRIA is Director, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies – QUT and National Project Director for Giving Australia 2016.   

Wendy’s nearly three decades in the nonprofit sector have involved volunteering, practice, research, and teaching. She serves on wide-ranging committees in Australia and internationally, chairs a community heritage project and has had a longterm role in disaster grantmaking. Wendy was previously CEO of a health nonprofit.

View Wendy's full biography on the QUT website


With more speakers to be announced soon!


The conference will be steered by an executive committee of experienced representatives from across industry.

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