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Shaping Volunteering Victoria’s research and advocacy agenda

What was the purpose of the roundtable?

The purpose of the third roundtable was for participants to engage with and shape Volunteering Victoria’s research and advocacy agenda.

Who attended?

A mix of around 20 researchers and practitioners from across Victoria including participants from volunteer resource centres, volunteer involving organisations, universities and the Australian Charities and Not-for- Profits Commission.

What was discussed?

A panel discussion was held with introductory comments from panellists Professor Jeni Warburton (La Trobe University), Mr Martin Thomas (Scouts Australia – Victorian Branch) and Dr Duncan Ironmonger (University of Melbourne) focussing on :

There was general discussion between panellists and participants about these issues, including:

 At this third roundtable Volunteering Victoria reported back on its implementation of its Research Framework and asked participants for feedback on its implementation of its priorities to help shape its work.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission announced that it is offering two awards for early career researchers.

Volunteering Victoria circulated its revised Strategic Plan and invited participants to give feedback after the roundtable

Areas for future exploration

The areas for future exploration identified at the November 2012 roundtable (see the November 2012 snapshot document) were discussed at a side meeting for interested participants after the roundtable. It was agreed that Volunteering Victoria and roundtable participants would look for opportunities to pursue the three areas in the context of existing activity in these areas rather than by progressing them through a separately established process.