National Volunteer Week Forum 2019


National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Our annual member event to celebrate National Volunteer Week will be in partnership with City of Melbourne.

Theme: Leaving No-One Behind: Building Communities in a Changing Environment
Wednesday 22 May from 9:00 am registration and starting at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Duration: 3-hours
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Room.
Cost: Members FREE Non Members $70


Keynote Speaker

     Professor Paul Smyth

In this keynote address Professor Paul Smyth talks about the history of volunteer effort in Australia. He points out the critical role of civil society and volunteers in community building and active citizenship. He addresses how changes in social policy and changes in the role of government have affected civil society and how to harness volunteer effort in this changing environment.
By understanding how social policy shapes our communities, we hope to identify and explore some of the trends and challenges which may set the tone for how volunteering will be viewed in Australia now and beyond 2020.

Opening Address

Lizzie Blandthorn
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Parliamentary Secretary for Sport

One of the first priority areas for Ms Blandthorn is the Labour Party 2018 election commitment to develop and implement a Victorian Volunteer Strategy to support and enhance volunteerism in Victoria.

The new Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers will be opening this year’s National Volunteer Week Forum.

Panel Discussion
A facilitated panel discussion from state-based organisations will relate the effects of social policy on our collective efforts to grow volunteer engagement and effort in our communities. We hope you will join with us to:

  • Explore how shifts in social policy have impacted on parts of the volunteering sector (e.g. VRCs, VIO, Councils etc.)
  • Reflect on the positives and negatives of such shifts in building active citizenship, and building support for the volunteering sector
  • Discuss the role of volunteer managers in building resilient communities  
  • Discuss the advocacy role VIOs need to play to ensure social policy continues to develop in a way that is inclusive and facilitates strong volunteer involvement.
Bernadette Northeast
Volunteer Program Coordinator - Warrnambool City Council
Penny Aquino
General Manager – Volunteer Resources. The Salvation Army
Nick Tschuck Workforce Planning Implementation Lead – City of Melbourne


Andrew Coghlan Board Member – Volunteering Victoria

Order of Proceedings

9:00 – 9:30 am Registrations
9:30 AM  Keynote Presentation
10:15 AM Morning Tea
11:00 AM Panel Discussion
12:30 PM Event Concludes


Please join us for Volunteering Victoria’s key annual event celebrating National Volunteer Week 2019. The event is FREE for members.




The official hashtag for National Volunteer Week is #NVW2019.

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Read a blog post from our Chief Executive here.

During National Volunteer Week thousands of events are held across the country including thank you breakfasts, morning teas and sausage sizzles as well as open days, awards ceremonies, street parades, garden parties and movie nights. Volunteering Victoria holds a special forum and key note every year.

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