Cost-of-living relief welcome but impact on volunteering cannot be ignored
Volunteering Australia welcomes the Australian Treasurer’s significant cost of living relief package and his acknowledgement of the financial pressures facing individuals and communities. However, the Budget does not recognise that the cost-of-living crisis is having far-reaching consequences – on people’s ability to volunteer, on organisations engaging volunteers, and on vital services provided to communities in need.
“We cannot ignore the long reach of the cost-of-living crisis on volunteers and volunteering, and the impact it is having on the social fabric of society. Our research shows that financial pressures are a barrier to volunteering. People are motivated to volunteer but are finding it too costly to participate.”Volunteering Australia CEO, Mark Pearce