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Volunteering Queensland is expanding on the landmark State of Volunteering in Queensland 2021 Report with a plan to address challenges faced by the volunteering sector. Today, the state’s peak body for volunteering will launch its Policy Position and Advocacy Plan. This paper uses findings and survey data from the Report to analyse key issues and create a path forward for volunteers and organisations.
Last month’s State of Volunteering in Queensland 2021 Report was the state’s first in-depth study of the scale and value of volunteering. The Report found that over 3 million Queensland volunteers contributed almost $84 billion in value to the state in 2020 alone.
"This plan outlines a major body of work that Volunteering Queensland will be undertaking over the next 12 months to enhance volunteering outcomes across the state”, said Mara Basanovic, CEO of Volunteering Queensland.
“Based on State of Volunteering in Queensland data, we will be advocating for a range of initiatives including expos to boost volunteering in regional communities, making background checks more efficient so volunteers can get started sooner, and further research to continue mapping out the challenges and accomplishments of Queensland’s volunteers."
“One of the achievements of the Report is that it provides an evidence base to inform future decision making”, Mara continued. “Through work such as today’s Policy Position and Advocacy Plan, we’re doing just that - building upon the findings and survey results to inform our actions to advance volunteering."
“Our state’s community groups and charities rely heavily on the generous support of everyday Queenslanders who volunteer their time and skill. It’s important that these organisations have access to the latest data and research to guide their essential work.”
The Policy Position and Advocacy Plan, to be released this afternoon, includes dozens of actions designed to support volunteer-involving organisations, including workshops, resources and online tools. It also proposes several topics for future research, such as quantifying the number of volunteering vacancies across the state and investigating ‘informal volunteering’ – volunteering that takes place between friends and neighbours getting together to help each other and their community, without the support and structure of a formally recognised volunteer involving organisation.
Future State of Volunteering in Queensland reports have been proposed, updating the data available to volunteer-involving organisations every four to five years.