Current priorities

Volunteering Victoria’s ongoing series of Position Statements on key issues of relevance to the volunteering sector.
Submission to Emergency Management Victoria
In response to the Resilient Recovery: Discussion paper
Volunteering Victoria has made a submission to Emergency Management Victoria Resilient Recovery Discussion Paper. This submission highlights the important work that Volunteering Victoria’s HelpOUT service has done to build and contribute to resilient recovery within disaster affected communities. Volunteering...
Valuing Sport and Recreation
A framework for the future
This submission highlights the growing informality of volunteering in sport and recreation and the importance of fostering a diverse and professionalised volunteering workforce, from community sport through to the professional level.
Strong and Resilient Volunteering Support Service
From 1 January 2018, volunteering support services will no longer be eligible for their own pool of funding under the redesigned DSS Strong and Resilient Communities grants. Read about our campaign to protect funding for place-based volunteer support.
Volunteer Victoria’s State Budget Submission 2017-18
Volunteering Victoria recently made its annual budget submission to the State Government, urging the Andrews Government to expand on their current commitment to volunteering by increasing their financial contribution to the sector.
Independent Review of the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate
Volunteering Victoria has recently made a submission to the Independent Review of the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate.  Our submission highlights the current growth in demand for the Inspectorate’s work and the way that an increase and improvement in the RSPCA’s...
Prepare Trial Hire Internships Program
In the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Turnbull Government announced their intention to introduce a taxpayer-sponsored paid internship program, Prepare Trial Hire (“PaTH”).  The program is for people under the age of 25 who have been unemployed for six months...
Ageing and Aged Care
Ageing is Everyone’s Business
In January 2016 the Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Mr Gerard Mansour, released his report into ageing in Victoria entitled Ageing is Everyone’s Business.  The report emphasises the important role that volunteering plays in combatting social isolation amongst our aged...
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The roll-out of the NDIS across Australia from July 1, 2016 will impact on many volunteer-involving organisations who interact with people with (dis)ability.  Volunteering Australia recently made a submission to the Consultation into the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building...
Victorian State Budget
Volunteering Victoria will shortly commence work on our Pre-Submission to the Victorian State Budget for 2017-18.  Of particular interest to us is how emergency services volunteering programs funded under the term-limited Natural Disaster Resilience Grant Scheme (NDRGS) can be...
Volunteering and the Law
Fact Sheets Now Available
Volunteering Victoria is unable to provide legal advice.  We are pleased to refer you to our friends at Justice Connect Not for Profit Law who have a range of volunteering resources for you to access free.  This includes a...
Replacing paid staff with volunteers
Position Statement
In the current economic climate, many not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) are faced with a difficult dilemma: they need to reduce costs because of funding constraints but they also need to maintain service provision due to the level of need in...
Vote for Volunteering
Federal Election
This federal election campaign, Volunteering Victoria is supporting Volunteering Australia’s call to federal candidates to Vote for Volunteering. We’re asking Volunteer Support Organisations to join us by approaching your local federal candidates to let them know about the important...
Work for the Dole
Revised Position Statement
In July 2014, Work for the Dole (WFTD) commenced for eligible job seekers aged 18 to 30 in four selected areas across Victoria (Westgate, Goulburn Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong). The program will be phased in over coming months,...