Imagine Australia without Volunteers

Volunteering in Australia contributes an estimated 743 million hours of time to our community and $290 billion in economic value.

Volunteers and volunteer managers work across every corner of Australian society: from the health services, to the emergency services; from looking after our libraries, to looking after our pets; from caring for the elderly, to caring for our environment.

But just like Australia, the way that we volunteer is changing.  In 2014, the number of Australians volunteering dropped for the first time in 20 years; yet Volunteering Australia’s recent State of Volunteering Report found that 86 per cent of organisations don’t have as many volunteers as they need.

We are asking all candidates in this federal election to take the pledge and Vote for Volunteering:

I 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. I further acknowledge that the delivery of successful volunteering programs requires adequate funding that must keep pace with the growth in demand. I am concerned by reports that the number of volunteers in Australia is decreasing and believe Government must show the leadership required to encourage more people into volunteering.

I pledge to work in partnership with the volunteering sector to support the work of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations if elected on July 2.

What this looks like to the sector:

  • 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.

For more information about Volunteering Australia’s Federal Election platform and how you can Vote For Volunteering, click on the relevant link below: