Volunteering Australia responds to Productivity Commission Initial Report on Transitioning Regional Economies

Volunteering Australia have provided a response to the Productivity Commission on their Initial Report on Transitioning Regional Economies.

The Initial Report explores factors that have influenced the capacity of regional towns to adapt to changes of economic circumstances.

The inclusion of volunteering in the transition of regional economies will be critical for future infrastructure development, workforce planning, supporting social capital, building community cohesion, and the delivery of long-term, innovative and agile service provision.

Volunteering Australia’s response outlines how volunteering encourages economic participation, mitigates isolation and loneliness, increases social inclusion and community participation, and builds social capital. However, to ensure that as a society we can respond to causes of economic change, volunteering requires a sustained investment.

Read Volunteering Australia’s response to the Productivity Commission here.