We welcome the Albanese Government and our new Commonwealth Ministers. The VA Team has produced an Incoming Government Brief to highlight the importance of volunteering. The briefing discusses the essential role that volunteers play in the following seven priorities of the incoming Government:
- Strengthening charities and non-profits
- Improving aged care
- Enhancing support for people with disability
- Improving disaster readiness
- Protecting the environment
- Advancing First Nations
- Supporting regional communities
To support these priorities, we argue that urgent action is needed to reinvigorate volunteering. An immediate Volunteering COVID-19 Recovery Plan would enable volunteers to re-engage safely, support the adaptation of volunteering programs, and facilitate the recruitment of new volunteers to ensure services and programs can recover.
As we look to the future of volunteering, we look forward to working with the Commonwealth Government to design and deliver the National Strategy for Volunteering.