Guide to Giving
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
Federal Election  |  Communities, Election 2016, Volunteering

Election Candidates Asked to ‘Vote for Volunteering’


Thursday, 16th June 2016 at 11:19 am
Lina Caneva, Editor
Peak body, Volunteering Australia has launched its federal election platform called Vote for Volunteering, calling on candidates to formally take an online “pledge” to show their support.

Thursday, 16th June 2016
at 11:19 am
Lina Caneva, Editor


1 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Election Candidates Asked to ‘Vote for Volunteering’
Thursday, 16th June 2016 at 11:19 am

Peak body, Volunteering Australia has launched its federal election platform called Vote for Volunteering, calling on candidates to formally take an online “pledge” to show their support.

Man Pledging Support

The campaign calls on candidates to pledge to work in partnership with the volunteering sector to support the work of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations if elected on 2 July.

Volunteering Australia CEO Brett Williamson said volunteering in Australia contributed an estimated 743 million hours of time to the community and $290 billion in economic value.

“Volunteers and volunteer managers work across every aspect of Australian society from health services, to sport and recreation, and emergency services, from looking after our libraries, to looking after our pets, from caring for disadvantaged people and the elderly, to caring for our environment,” Williamson said.

“But just like Australia, the way that we volunteer is changing. In 2014, the number of Australians volunteering dropped for the first time in 20 years, yet Volunteering Australia’s recent State of Volunteering Report found that 86 per cent of organisations don’t have as many volunteers as they need.”

Volunteering Australia’s Vote for Volunteering pledge reads: “This federal election, I’m taking the pledge to Vote for Volunteering I 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.

“I further acknowledge that the delivery of successful volunteering programs requires adequate funding that must keep pace with the growth in demand. I am concerned by reports that the number of volunteers in Australia is decreasing and believe government must show the leadership required to encourage more people into volunteering.

“I pledge to work in partnership with the volunteering sector to support the work of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations if elected on 2 July.”

Williamson said that for the Not for Profit sector, the candidate pledge would mean 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 an acknowledgement that the work of volunteering crosses all portfolios of the government, and must be administered accordingly.

“By taking the pledge to Vote for Volunteering, candidates are making the commitment if elected to support the continued growth of volunteering and stronger, healthier, more resilient communities,” Williamson said.

The names of the candidates who take the pledge will be listed on the Vote for Volunteering website here.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.

Guide to Giving

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

...


HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Alliance Calls on Government to Lead the Way in Protecting Displaced Children

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 5:31 pm

Social Procurement Challenge – Crowdsourcing a Solution

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 2:24 pm

Finding Meaning on the Hamster Wheel? How is That Working for You?

Contributor

Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 2:16 pm

Indigenous Australians Face Lack of Access to Cataract Surgery

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at 4:22 pm

POPULAR

Moves to Stop Volunteering at Overseas Orphanages

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at 1:54 pm

Future Uncertain for Disability Organisations Following Funding Cuts

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at 8:29 am

Majority of NFPs Are Not Believed to be Well-Run, According to New Survey

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 12th September 2017 at 4:14 pm

More Australians Are Giving Time Not Money

Wendy Williams

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5:07 pm

One Comment

  • Ange says:

    A lot of places in Canada require high school students to rack up a certain number of volunteer hours before graduation. Are there any places in Aus that do this? Or is this something you’d think about advocating to trial as part of plans to implement a nat’l volunteering strategy?

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Guide to Giving
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!