2016 FEDERAL ELECTION: Volunteers

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

We invite each and every one of the six million Australian voters who are also volunteers to join Volunteering Australia this federal election campaign to ask candidates to take the pledge and Vote for Volunteering.

A 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 an email to your local candidates asking them to take the pledge to Vote for Volunteering using the template below.
  • Contact your local candidate asking them to take the pledge to Vote for Volunteering via Twitter or Facebook.
  • Share VA’s Federal Election platform on social media using the hashtag, #Vote4Volunteering


Information Pack
Vote for Volunteering Pledge
Email Template

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