Volunteering Victoria has signaled its intention to work closely with the Hon Luke Donnellan to deliver on the Government’s State Election Platform with a set of budget proposals for the Government’s forthcoming budget round.
In the letter to the Minister for Child Protection, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Volunteering Victoria voiced support for a State Volunteer Strategy, as well as quantifying initiatives that will build capacity in volunteer-involving organsiations, and encourage volunteerism among under-represented cohorts.
Volunteering Victoria Chief Executive Scott Miller states that, “Victoria has a workforce of 931,000 volunteers, who are most effective when they are capably led and managed with the right mix of strategy, culture and trust. This mix of personal and organisational alchemy is not achieved without investment and consideration of people and communities, which needs a strong financial commitment.”
The suggested 2019/20 investment made to Minister Donnellan included:
|Subsidise/waive police-vetting fees (currently $17.90 per volunteer check)|
|$1.1m||Build capacity in Victorian volunteer-involving organisations|
|$0.75m||Develop an online platform that encourages organisations to self-assess the effectiveness of their volunteers’ efforts
Commissioning the feasibility study into an online ‘volunteer-passport’ system
|$0.1m||Encouraging volunteerism among under-represented communities|
|$0.05m||Funding VV + the Victorian Volunteer Support Network to develop a toolkit of resources to assess the various ways of measuring impact|
“Volunteering Victoria is confident in the Government’s positive approach to common goals that will eventually culminate in place-based solutions, increased personnel confidence and greater regional involvement” adds Mr. Miller.