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Federal Employee Volunteers Reprieved
14 December 2011 | The Centre for Volunteering
The Centre for Volunteering welcomes today's reversal of the requirement for Federal Government employees to seek authorisation to participate in volunteer activities in their own time.

Public servants told to seek approval to volunteer
10 December 2011 | Sydney Morning Herald
Last week, Tanya Plibersek challenged Australian governments and businesses to create a stronger and more sustainable volunteering sector. This week, 37,000 employees in her department were told that if they wished to engage in volunteering activities in the future, they would have to get their manager's permission first.

Volunteer CoinCoin and Stamp Celebrate 'Volunteer Army'
29 September 2011 | Federal Government
The Federal Government has released a new coin and stamp to recognise the contribution of Australia's 'volunteer army'. The commemorative stamp and coin are part of the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the United Nations International Year of Volunteers. Read more

National awards to recognise local heroes in Sydney
20 September 2011 | The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Federal Member for Sydney
Federal Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek has called for nominations from the local community for the National Volunteer Awards. The Gillard Labor Government has announced an awards campaign to recognise individuals who make an outstanding contribution to their local community through volunteering. "Volunteering is an essential part of the Sydney community. Volunteering connects us, strengthens our sense of belonging and creates positive relationships that build a stronger local community," said Tanya Plibersek. Read more

Finding "Bootleg" Volunteers
Susan J Ellis, Energize Inc
Are you keeping track of all the volunteer support your organization receives?  Are you sure?  In the course of a year, it is common for agencies to benefit from the donated services of a wide range of people who arrive in a roundabout way, bypassing the procedures of the volunteer services office and never being designated as "volunteers." I call these "bootleg" volunteers (as in secret, under the radar). Read more

Nominations open for the Australian of the Year Awards
11 August 2011 | National Australia Day Council
Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models to us all. They inspire us with their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia. The awards comprise four categories: Australian of the Year; Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over); Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years); and Australia's Local Hero. Nominations close 31 August 2011. Visit www.australianoftheyear.org.au

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Fido continues to help members recruit skilled volunteers
4 August 2011 | Denis Porter, The Centre for Volunteering
Fido is a service for members of The Centre which assists them to find volunteers for a wide range of positions. The Fido Help Desk column in the Saturday and Monday editions of the Sydney Morning Herald is available for members to advertise volunteer vacancies. As this is a free service, priority is given to positions requiring qualifications, experience or certain skills. Read more

Mark LyonsMark Lyons Community Management Scholarship
3 August 2011 | UTS
The Mark Lyons Community Management Scholarship has been established to support a student enrolled in the Community Management Program in the Faculty of Business, or undertaking a faculty research degree where their research project focuses on the not-for-profit sector. Find out more about the Mark Lyons Community Management Scholarship

UWS Student Volunteer Briefing Session Report
3 August 2011 | Jacinthe Brosseau, The Centre for Volunteering
On Tuesday, 19 July 2011 The Centre for Volunteering helped organise a Student Volunteer Briefing Session at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). It is hosted for the benefit of UWS students who are either members of the Aspire Future Leaders program, enrolled in the Advanced Business Leadership degree or recipients of a university-funded academic scholarship. Read more

Subsidised student bursaries
3 August 2011 | Volunteering Australia
As part of VA's commitment to Research we will be offering four subsidised student bursaries to this year's National Conference on Volunteering to selected research students. Find out more

Justice Awards nominations close on 29 July 2011
21 July 2011 | Law and Justice Foundation
Recognise an individual, group of individuals or partnership for their outstanding achievement in improving access to justice for disadvantaged people. Public nominations are accepted for: Justice Medal, Aboriginal Justice Award, Law and Justice Volunteer Award and Pro Bono Partnership Award. Find out more

Developing the NSW Volunteering Strategy
18 July 2011 | Office of Communities NSW
On 13 May 2011, the Premier and Minister for Citizenship and Communities jointly announced the development of a NSW Volunteering Strategy to be undertaken in consultation with the community, volunteer-led groups and volunteer-engaging organisations. The Strategy will seek to better support volunteering and foster an increase in volunteer participation. The Office of Communities is leading the development of the Strategy. The Office is working with Volunteer Referral and Resource Centres, The Centre for Volunteering and other non-government organisations to ensure that a wide range of groups and individuals have an opportunity to participate in the consultation process. A discussion paper has been developed and is intended to assist with identifying the key issues that should be considered as part of the development of the Strategy. Information about how to provide feedback on the discussion paper is provided on page nine. The closing date for responses is Friday, 12 August 2011. Online feedback to the discussion paper will be available shortly. For more information contact: volunteering@communities.nsw.gov.au

NSW Volunteering Strategy: Discussion Paper and Consultation
28 July 2011, 9:30am–11am
Upstairs meeting room NCOSS, 66 Albion St, Surry Hills
Co-hosted by: Office of Communities and The Centre for Volunteering
RSVP essential: Paul Sabatier, Volunteering Unit, Office of Communities, volunteering@communities.nsw.gov.au

Charity work to be used to pay fines
1 July 2011 | The Daily Telegraph
People too poor to pay their fines will be allowed to work off their debts by volunteering with charities. Attorney-General Greg Smith will expand a program that allows low-income earners to work with church and community groups instead of paying their speeding, red-light camera and fare evasion fines."They would have to show that they are financially disadvantaged," Mr Smith said. Read more

Volunteers are the back bone of the Easter Show
20 April 2011 | Citizenship and Communities Minister Victor Dominello MP
Citizenship and Communities Minister Victor Dominello MP has praised more than 2,000 volunteers at the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show, now the biggest event in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more

Susan J. Ellis Workshops: 1 June 2011
28 March 2011 | The Centre for Volunteering
The Centre for Volunteering is hosting two half-day Ignite Workshops, presented by international Volunteer Management expert and President of Energize, Inc., Susan J. Ellis on Wednesday, 1 June 2011 within the Sydney CBD. Read more

New Tenancy Laws in NSW affect volunteers and not-for-profits alike
23 March 2011 | NSW Fair Trading
A new standard residential tenancy agreement and condition report have replaced previous versions. In addition, The Renting guide has been replaced by the New tenant checklist. The New tenant checklist is the mandatory information statement that landlords and agents must give to all tenants before they sign a new tenancy agreement. Read more and watch some video presentations

New magazine: The Difference
22 March 2011 | The Difference
The Difference is a publication designed to help Australia's wealthiest make a difference to the lives of our nation's most disadvantaged – while at the same time enriching us all. It is an annual Australian report card on the indicators of disadvantage, poverty and exclusion, underpinned by research by Access Economics. Download Issue 1 for free

Volunteered abroad and haven't found a way to make sense of it all?
I am a social researcher, with the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (CRSI), looking for 20 return volunteers to participate in a project that can help you make sense of such an experience. An opportunity to share your inner thoughts and doubts on the subject with like-minded people, acquire valuable skills and be rewarded for your insights. Attend the info session on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 from 6pm, Building C5C, Room 371, Macquarie University. Read more

White Pages celebrates Hayden Zammit for transforming his community one bottle at a time

White Pages® celebrates Hayden Zammit for transforming his community one bottle at a time
17 March 2011 | White Pages
Broken Hill resident and 2009 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year, Hayden Zammit has been selected to appear on the cover of this year's Broken Hill Yellow Pages® and White Pages® book. Each year, Sensis, recognises the contribution of local residents in the community by featuring them on the cover of its books. The theme for this year's covers, Australians Creating a Better Future, recognises people throughout Australia who have made a positive contribution to their community through projects or initiatives that help to make a better future for Australia. Read more

Celebrating and supporting our volunteers
11 March 2011 | NSW Labor
Premier Kristina Keneally has announced $880,000 in funding to support volunteers and encourage more people to step forward to give their time to help others – as part of her volunteers policy, if she is re-elected. Ms Keneally's Celebrating our volunteers plan will focus on four key areas: Making volunteering easier by improving access to information; Broadening the volunteer base and encouraging new volunteering ventures; Celebrating the contribution of volunteers; and Supporting volunteering within community organisations and business. Read more

Is volunteering on the rocks?
9 March 2011 | The Centre for Volunteering
Not by any means. But from this week, volunteering is definitely in The Rocks, Sydney. The state body for volunteering, The Centre for Volunteering (incorporating Volunteering NSW and the School of Volunteer Management), has moved to 40 Gloucester Street, The Rocks. Read more

Study commissioned on NFP legal issues
2 March 2011 | Third Sector Magazine
Makinson & d'Apice Lawyers has commissioned a large-scale independent survey of charities, churches, foundations and community organisations to capture their views on the legal issues which they face. Read more

National Volunteering Strategy Consultation report
23 February 2011 | CommunityNet
Minister for Social Inclusion Tanya Plibersek has released a new report, National Volunteering Strategy Consultation, which finds volunteers have a growing preference for online volunteering and more young people want to get involved. The report polled more than 800 volunteering groups and found that traditional forms of volunteering remained popular but new forms of participation were emerging and needed to be accommodated. Read more | Download Report Adobe PDF

Volunteers adapt to new-age trends
19 February 2011 | finda Northern Rivers
More young people are volunteering and more want to do it online, a new study has found. The report, which forms part of the Federal Government's new National Volunteering Strategy, identified an increasing demand for short-term and project-based volunteering and found that highly-skilled, early-retiring baby boomers are also keen to give back to the community. Read more

Unlikely heroes
18 February 2011 | 7:30 Report, ABC
A group of Armidale teenagers have turned their fortunes around by volunteering to help a group of isolated farmers whose properties were devastated by the recent floods. Read more

Australians more likely to volunteer in 2011, says survey
17 February 2011 | Vodafone and Mission Australia
A recent survey by Vodafone has revealed that the number of people planning to volunteer with a charity in the next 12 months had more than doubled from 30 per cent in 2010 to 68 per cent this year. "There's a generosity gene and this nation has it in spades," social researcher Bernard Salt said. The survey results reflected "a profound shift in social values" and we've already seen evidence in the massive response to the Queensland flood and cyclone disasters. Read more

Qld thanks NSW volunteers
15 February 2011 | ninemsn
Volunteering Queensland is thanking the more than 2500 NSW volunteers who have pitched in following the floods and is encouraging people to keep helping out. "This recovery is going to be a long-term effort and impossible without the help of volunteers," Volunteering Queensland CEO Jelenko Dragisic said. Read more

2011 Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management
25–27 May 2011 | Mercure Hotel, The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
Registrations for 2011 Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management are now open! The Retreat aims to: Support the emerging profession of volunteer manager; Encourage and strengthen volunteer managers at an "advanced" stage in their professional development; Aid volunteer managers to stay in the profession; Provide an advanced level training opportunity; and help volunteer managers to consider whom they can foster development of their profession. Find out more information and apply at www.vpmretreat.com.au/2011retreat.php

Movie Review: Please Give
Anne O'Connor, The Centre for Volunteering
The two main characters in Nicole Holofcener's Please Give are the type of couple you almost expect to find sitting next to you in the cinema, choc top in hand, watching this film. After all, it is a story that gently criticises its own target audience and tackles the discontents of contemporary, middle-class society. Read more

Volunteer standards called for
15 February 2011 | Sydney Morning Herald
The system to detect sex offenders among the almost half a million volunteers involved in junior sport should be standardised, the opposition and the NSW Sports Federation have warned. Identifying sex offenders among people who deal with children should be a priority, said the opposition spokesman on sport and recreation, Kevin Humphries. Read more

IYV+10 launched in Sydney
14 February 2011
The Governor General launched IYV+10 at a reception at Admiralty House Sydney on 14 February. About 100 guests attended including a small group of volunteers from Queensland and Victoria who joined local NSW volunteers at the event. The launch was also attended by Minister Tanya Plibersek, and The Hon Bronwyn Bishop representing the Leader of the Opposition. The Governor General spoke and VA President, Paul Lynch, responded on behalf of Volunteering Australia and the volunteers present. Read more

Averil FinkAveril Fink, 1922–2011
Better rights for millions is her rich legacy

7 February 2011 | Sydney Morning Herald
Averil Fink came into the public spotlight when she applied for a job with the NSW Council on the Aging in 1967...During her tenure, the NSW Council on the Aging was instrumental in establishing the NSW Volunteers Bureau (now Volunteering NSW). Read more

Non-profits lose sight of volunteer heritage
4 February 2011 | Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon, has urged Australians to volunteer in community organisations and become involved in the non-profit sector...Australia's voluntary, charitable and community organisations have changed over the past three decades, almost beyond recognition. Such transformation of the non-profit sector has attracted little public debate. Read more

Red Cross Emergency REDiPlan – Cleaning up after flooding
Emergency REDiPlan is a Red Cross community information program helping Australians prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. This booklet contains information on how to clean up after flooding inside and around your home. Download the REDiPlan

Don't forget the not-for-profits
29 January 2011 | Herald Sun
As a nation we have been deeply moved to support individuals and businesses hit by the devastating floods, especially in Queensland. Grants are being made available to get the economy and recovery going. To cover these costs, the Federal Government is to impose a charge and thankfully those on lower incomes will be spared an additional burden of a flood levy. However, in providing financial support for business, it is the not-for-profit organisations who are at the heart of every community who seem to have been forgotten. Read more

Beware Charity Flood Scams: ACCC
18 January 2011 | Pro Bono Australia
As Australian's open their wallets to donate to the Qld floods appeals, the consumer watchdog, the ACCC has warned people to be wary of charity scams. The ACCC website SCAMwatch is warning people to thoroughly check the legitimacy of charities when donating to help flood victims in central and south east Queensland. Read more

$1 Million of Scholarships available for NFP staff
17 January 2011 | Pro Bono Australia
The Australian Scholarships Foundation has over $1 million of scholarships available for not-for-profit employees from major universities and private education providers across Australia. Find out what is currently on offer. Read more

Thunderbirds and the Aussie Floods/Haiti earthquake etc
16 January 2011 | Martin J Cowling
The flooding in Australia has now spread to five of our six states (we have bushfires in the sixth state). Its weird going from massive drought to massive floodwaters in such a short time...I was wondering is it time we created an International Rescue agency for the globe's natural disasters? We all still seem to be taken by surprise by them, fundraising and infrastructure rebuilding is seemingly ad hoc. Read more

Australian Researcher at World Volunteer Conference
13 January 2011 | Pro Bono Australia
An Australian researcher will present a background paper on the trends around volunteerability and recruitability at the World Volunteer Conference in Singapore later this month. NAB Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, Dr. Debbie Haski-Leventhal will present her paper at the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) conference in Singapore in 24–27 January 2011. Read more

Not-for-profits among Mashable's Best of the Web 2010
12 January 2011 | Pro Bono Australia
After more than 1.3 million nominations and votes, the winners of the 2010 Mashable Awards have been announced including a must-follow Not for Profit...To Write Love On Her Arms is a not-for-profit organisation focused on advocating for hope and help for people struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction and suicide. Read more

Hidden cost of free labour: interns
8 January 2011 | The Australian
Unpaid internships used to offer a legitimate way for students to gain academic credit in lieu of a pay cheque. But increasingly, as students, graduates and even middle-aged career-changers confront employer expectations that they will work for free to demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment, concerns are mounting about the whiff of exploitation in the air. "It's called an internship because that sounds a lot sexier than free labour," chief executive of the Sydney-based The Centre for Volunteering Lynne Dalton says. Read more

Winners of the 2010 Photo Bank Awards announced
1 January 2011 | Our Community
The winners of the 2010 Photo Bank Awards have been announced as Awesome Arts in Western Australia (winner: the photo that best exemplifies the work of the Australian community sector), and Ben Macmahon for the Tutti Ensemble in South Australia (winner – People's Choice Award). Read more

New web hub: Around You
1 January 2011 | Our Community
A new web hub is offering community groups the opportunity to spread the word about their events to a large, motivated web-based audience. Go to www.aroundyou.com.au to find out more.

Baby Boomers: Golden Age or Bursting Bubble?
Andy Fryar, OzVPM
Are Baby Boomers going to be provide the Golden Age of volunteering or is it more like a 'bursting bubble? Andy Fryar takes an alternate view to the expected explosion of Baby Boomer volunteers over the next few years. Read more

RSPCA volunteer during floodsNSW Flood News

The NSW Government is currently not coordinating a donation program for those affected by floods in NSW. Please contact local councils in the affected areas to see how best to support financially.

In addition please contact local Volunteer Referral Centres to find out where and when volunteers are needed.

Alternatively please contact the following organisations for more information:

The Centre for Volunteering will upload more information as it becomes available!

Queensland Cyclone and Flood News

I volunteered...what happens next?
Volunteering Queensland
It's the most frequent question being received by Volunteering Qld and other agencies – "what happens next" for the tens of thousands of people who have put their hands up to help with the flood clean-up and recovery. Read more

I need help from volunteers...who do I call
Volunteering Queensland
Individuals, businesses and residents who have been flooded and need help should contact the Queensland Government's Community Recovery Line on 1800 173 349. Read more

Record breaking army of Qld volunteers
18 January 2011 | Pro Bono Australia
More than 62,000 volunteers have now registered with Volunteering Queensland – a record breaking army of volunteers wanting to help during a natural disaster in Australia. Read more

Victorian Flood News

The situation in flooded areas of Victoria is still developing, with communities having high water levels and others bracing for rivers to reach peak levels. At this stage, trained volunteers are helping agencies that are dealing with calls for emergency assistance. There may be a need for more volunteers in the coming days, especially during the complex clean-up and rebuilding that comes after disasters like this. Volunteering Victoria will upload information about volunteer opportunities on their website when they arise. More information

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