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Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focussing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering. For general information follow the links below

Media Release – Volunteering Victoria Calls for Better Support for Victoria’s Volunteer Workforce

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.

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Media Release – Volunteer Support Services: Building strong and resilient communities

Volunteering Australia has made a 2017-18 Federal Pre-Budget Submission including a series of recommendations to further strengthen the Government’s commitment to volunteering, whilst also greatly strengthening the work of the sector to build strong and resilient communities.

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Media Release – Volunteering Victoria Announce State Awards Winners

Volunteering Victoria has announced the winners of the 2016 Volunteering Victoria State Awards, presented on 17 November.

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Media Release – Volunteering Victoria Announce State Awards Finalists

Volunteering Victoria has announced the 19 finalists in the 2016 Volunteering Victoria State Awards to be presented on 17 November.

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Media Release – Volunteering Australia announces new CEO

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Media Statement – Volunteering Australia announces new Chief Patron

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 Media Resources – Volunteering Election Campaign 2016

Volunteering Australia is asking candidates to pledge to work in partnership with the volunteering sector to support the work of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations if elected on July 2.

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Media Statement – Protecting the Rights of Volunteers in the Emergency Services

Volunteers in the emergency services save lives.  Their work is a major component of what we are talking about when we say that volunteering in Australia contributes an estimated $290 billion in value to the Australian economy – this figure includes the realistic estimate of lives saved by volunteers including firefighters, surf lifesavers and first aid practitioners.

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Media Release – Volunteering Victoria Launches HelpOUT in National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Victoria and Volunteering Geelong celebrated National Volunteer Week by officially launching the pilot of HelpOUT emergency volunteering service in G21 region, which covers the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire, Golden Plains Shire and Colac Otway Shire.

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Media Release – Volunteering Victoria Using Local Knowledge to Connect

Volunteering Victoria has recently appointed Rosemary Joiner to the role of Community Engagement Coordinator (Gippsland.) The aim of the role is to help enable and maximise volunteer participation and effectiveness in Gippsland.

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Media Release – HelpOUT First Volunteer Match – Wye River

Volunteering Victoria’s HelpOUT emergency volunteering service has made its first volunteer match in the Wye River community. Two volunteers, Neil Fisher and Brendon Brackin, partnered with Southern Otway Landcare Network to help distribute habitat kits to the area impacted by bushfires during Christmas 2015.

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Media release – State Award Winners Announced – 5 November 2015

Volunteering Victoria announced six winners at its inaugural State Awards held in Queen’s Hall at State Parliament House on Thursday 5 November, International Volunteer Managers’ Day.

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Media release – Volunteering Victoria announces State Awards finalists – 21 September 2015

Volunteering Victoria today announced 22 finalists shortlisted across six categories for its inaugural State Awards.

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Media release – Volunteering Victoria welcomes announcement of new Ministerial Advisory Council on volunteering – 30 July 2015

Volunteering Victoria welcomed the announcement this afternoon of the much anticipated State Government Ministerial Advisory Council on Volunteers by the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos.

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Media release – New Definition of Volunteering in Australia – 30 July 2015

The definition of volunteering has been expanded for the first time in 20 years to recognise the new ways Australians give their time.

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Media release – Geelong secures 20 expert spontaneous volunteer managers and $250K to support disaster recovery in G21 – 12 May 2015

In an Australian first, Volunteering Victoria and Volunteering Geelong today introduced 20 expertly trained Managers of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers (MSEVs) who will provide key support in coordinating spontaneous volunteers assisting with relief and recovery in the region following a natural disaster.

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 Media release – Volunteering Australia – National Volunteer  Week – 11 May 2015

Today marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2015, which runs from 11-17 May. This year with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy we are celebrating that not only are volunteers helping make the lives of others happier, they too are happier as a result.

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Media release – Volunteering Victoria looks into State Budget for signs of support for volunteering – 5 May 2015

Volunteering Victoria is looking closely at the State Budget papers post lock-up today for clear signs that this Victorian Government is investing in volunteering support and infrastructure for the state’s volunteering programs.

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Media release – Nillumbik volunteers feature in state-wide volunteering campaign – 30 April 2015

Nillumbik Shire Council’s volunteer program – and the 550 volunteers that are a part of it – is one of 10 volunteering organisations selected from across the State to be featured in the brand new volunteering campaign, Imagine the possibilities, launched by Volunteering Victoria.

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Media release – Shambolic Federal funding process disrespectful and unfair – Senate Committee Inquiry told today – 21 April 2015

Volunteering Victoria today presented to the long awaited Senate Committee Inquiry at a public hearing in Canberra, and outlined the dire impact on the volunteering sector of the recent DSS funding round. Volunteering Victoria CEO Sue Noble told the Committee that now the full impact is becoming clear, it was time for the Government to fix it.

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Media release – New State Awards to embrace volunteer managers and organisations announced on IVD 2015

Today, on International Volunteer Day 2014, Volunteering Victoria announced new annual State Awards, to be awarded on International Volunteer Managers Day in November 2015.

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