Volunteering Australia

Major Party Commitments on Volunteering this Federal Election

CBAA Communications, 13th May 2019
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Volunteering Australia, the national peak body for volunteering in the Australian community, has written to the major parties asking them to outline their commitments on volunteering in the lead up to the Federal Election on 18 May 2019.

Some key announcements this election period include $559,000 in funding announced by the Coalition for volunteering, with $275,000 for Volunteering Australia and around $284,000 for Justice Connect for specialist legal advice. This funding has seen Volunteering Australia receive a one-off sum of around $128,000 to establish a clearinghouse or resource hub for the volunteering sector and a further $147,000 to go toward the National Volunteering Conference and the 2020 National Volunteer Week.

Volunteering Australia have also seen The Australian Labor Party announce their charity policy that includes the appointment of Australia’s first ever Charities Minister, the establishment of a Not-for-profit Sector Expert Reference Panel and a ‘Building Community - Building Capacity’ Working Group to strategically enhance community building and collective purpose, a commitment to 'fix fundraising', freedom to advocate and the reinstatement of the Annual Charities Report.

The Greens have committed to supporting a number of policy proposals outlined in our federal election platform which will ensure that we are able to build the capacity of the sector and lead a culture of giving.

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