National peak body Volunteering Australia recently made a submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committees for their consideration in relation to the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016.
“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. Volunteering Australia is therefore pleased to see the Federal Parliament engaging with the issue of respect for volunteers within the emergency services and we welcome the opportunity to debate the contribution of volunteers to Australian society and wellbeing overall.”
Download the full report here (PDF 435KB).