Although this year’s budget was described as ‘dull’ and ‘boring’, once you went through the numbers – did it impact the sector?
Let’s have a look at the numbers in the Budget papers and compare.
In the previous year’s budget estimated FY 16 spend in the funding that impacts volunteers, was $38,688,000, with the projected actual spend increasing slightly to $40,450,000.
Look forward to the Federal Government’s expenditure over the next few years and this is how they look in comparison to the previous year’s estimates.
|2015-16 forward estimates||2016-17 Budget document|
|2016-17 $28,605,000||2016-17 $32,026,000|
|2017-18 $27,594,000||2017-18 $29,161,000|
|2018-19 $28,050,000||2018-19 $29,137,000|
However, when you look at the trend of spending compared to the previous year it continues to show the general trend that spending to support the volunteering sector amongst will be reduced over time.
If you want to learn more – you can download our Federal Budget FactSheet (courtesy of Volunteering SA & NT). If you want to know more about the history of funding for the volunteering sector read the background hereBackground to Australian Government Funding for Volunteering Sector (courtesy of Volunteering SA & NT)