Policy & Advocacy

As the national peak body for volunteering, we work closely with our State/ Territory peak counterparts to influence public policy and highlight its impact on Australia’s over 6 million active formal and informal volunteers, and the organisations to which they offer their time.

At Volunteering Australia, our mandate calls on us to encourage and facilitate public interest and participation in volunteering. Our work is representative of the views of the volunteer movement, by ensuring we advocate for volunteer rights, and support innovative, meaningful and best practice volunteer management.

Public policy plays a critical role in creating and supporting volunteering initiatives. Volunteering can also be adversely affected by public policy that is indifferent to the concerns of volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. This is why Volunteering Australia are active in a number of policy and advocacy initiatives, including contributing to submissions and reports, lobbying and campaigns. Our work also informs the development of volunteering information resources such as fact sheets, research bulletins and other publications.