2016 FEDERAL ELECTION: Organisations

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Volunteering doesn’t happen by accident. For a volunteer program to work effectively, it requires strong and effective management that is properly resourced. Volunteer managers work within volunteer-involving organisations or as part of volunteer support organisations, linking volunteers with opportunities in their community. They provide training, placement and support. They make sure the volunteering environment is welcoming and safe.

The uncertainty of short-term grants-based funding, combined with constant changes to the policy space within which we operate, is hurting the volunteering sector. Volunteer managers require greater transparency around what funding is available, and how long it will be available for.

We invite you to join Volunteering Australia this federal election campaign to ask candidates to take the pledge and Vote for Volunteering by sending a letter or email to your local candidates using the template below.

Vote for Volunteering

A Vote for Volunteering is a vote to acknowledge that volunteering supports the work of the federal government through the delivery of core programs, making a significant contribution to the Australian economy and society.  It further acknowledges that the delivery of successful volunteering programs requires adequate funding, which has not kept pace with growth in demand.  It shows concern for reports that show that the number of volunteers in Australia is decreasing and a belief that Government must show the leadership required to encourage more people into volunteering.

It also seeks:

  • A new National Volunteering Strategy that is non-partisan and developed in partnership with Volunteering Australia and other relevant sectors
  • A commitment to increased federal funding to volunteering that is managed sustainably, consistently and transparently, and that is allocated as a result of independent research and collaboration with the sector in the form of a Productivity Commission inquiry
  • An acknowledgement that the work of volunteering crosses all portfolios of the Government, and must be administered accordingly
  • An increase in support for volunteering in areas with critical gaps, such as aged care, disability services, emergency management and youth.

How you can help:

  • Send a letter or email to your local candidates asking them to take the pledge to Vote for Volunteering using the template below.
  • Invite your local candidates to visit your organisation so you can show a first hand example of the excellent work volunteers and volunteer managers are doing in our community.
  • Share VA’s Federal Election platform on social media using the hashtag, #Vote4Volunteering.

Downloads:

Information Pack
Vote for Volunteering Pledge
Email/Letter Template

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