Life is busy at the Office of the Governor with their team focused on the Governor's Program of constitutional, ceremonial and community activities. They are seeking an experienced and energetic part-time Public Engagement Officer in a newly created position to join their small team. The role will provide administrative support to their Public Engagement Program, and in particular the guided tours of Government House, which form part of the Governor's civic and community engagement. Government House provides 150 opportunities annually for members of the public to visit the Estate, and this role provides the necessary administrative support to make this happen.

The Public Engagement Program is supported by a dedicated team of Government House Volunteers who are instrumental in providing the resources to deliver the public engagement opportunities to the Queensland community, and the Public Engagement Officer is responsible for coordinating the volunteers.

During National Volunteer Week the Queensland Volunteering Awards are held to honour the inspiring endeavours of hundreds of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer-involving organisations and businesses that invest in employee volunteering programs, who bring about positive change in our community. This year due to COVID-19 the awards were held in December together with our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 02 December 2020. This was an online event held in celebration of International Volunteer Day. 

144 Queensland volunteer involving organisations have been selected to receive a 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grant. The small grants will assist these organisations to better support the valuable work of their volunteers, help re-engage their volunteers as the economy re-opens, and encourage participation in their volunteer programs. 

Throughout the recent bushfire and cyclone/ monsoonal flooding seasons and COVID-19 pandemic, the indispensable quality of volunteers has been clearly demonstrated.

Queenslanders will always step up in times of need, but strong, effective, and coordinated leadership is required to turn their goodwill into successful outcomes. During both times of disaster and fortune, the capacity and strength of the volunteering sector requires investment and support to reflect the continuing benefits that volunteers provide in all aspects of Queensland life.

Read the six key opportunities that Volunteering Queensland asked candidates and political parties to commit to, and what their responses were.

The Treasurer referred to volunteer firefighters and their efforts during the Summer bushfires in his opening remarks, in the context of thanking our frontline healthcare workers. The Treasurer highlighted the “courage, commitment and compassion reflect the very best of Australia” and that “these qualities are the invisible strength of Australia.”

No new funding is allocated to volunteering in the Federal Budget.

View the funding provided for the Volunteer Grants, the Volunteer Management Activity, and other highlights relevant to volunteering.

Great news! We are proud to announce our NVW Small Grants Initiative has been expanded!!

Due to overwhelming interest from volunteer organisations in the NVW Small Grants Initiative, the Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, the Hon. Coralee O'Rourke MP, has announced a further $15,000 to support the expansion of the grants for 2020.