VA announces new Definition of Volunteering
The definition of Volunteering hs been expanded for the first time in 20 years to recognise the new ways Australians give their time. The new definition follows an extensive 2 year, nationwide consulation to understad what activities we consider as volunteering today. The new definition states: "'volunteering' is time freely given for the common good without financial gain".
See here for the explanatory notes providing clarity on what is in and what is out, or visit the Volunteering Australia website.
See here for the Media Release.
See here for the FAQs.
Latest ABS stats show downturn in volunteering
New ABS data show volunteering rates in Australia are declining for thefirst timein almost 20 years with 75% of people surveyed saying they feel rushed or pressed for time. SA dropped less than the national average and was one of the better performing states.
NEW National Standards for Volunteer Involvement
Australia's new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement were
launched on Monday 11 May 2015 to mark the beginning of National
Volunteer Week 2015 (11-17 May). The new Standards incorporate
significant changes to the original standards in order to reflect best
practice in volunteer management in Australia's current work
Standards provide a sound framework for supporting the volunteer
sector in Australia. The Standards are much easier to follow and are
adaptable to different organisation types and different forms of
volunteering which reflect the diversity of this growing sector. Download the Standards document here.
Work for the Dole Position StatementVolunteering Victoria
has released a position statement
about Work for the Dole, a position Volunteering SA&NT also holds.
Volunteering peaks call for urgent review of DSS funding decisions - Senate Inquiry told
Volunteering peak bodies have spoken out on the far reaching inequity, inadequacy and impact of the recent DSS funding process and have called for an urgent review of some decisions. Media Release
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Download: Volunteering Strategy for South Australia