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December 2007

Inaugural NSW Volunteer of the Year announced
[5 December 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
New South Wales' first winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award was today presented with her prize. She is Mary Mamour who, for the last four years, has been a liaison officer with the South Sudanese community in western Sydney, where she negotiates with the police, Centrelink, employment agencies and people in her community to find jobs for those at risk

October 2007

Another bank snaps up NAB Volunteering Awards
[22 October 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Australia's top banks have had to put rivalry aside to celebrate corporate volunteering - with Westpac winning a new national award sponsored by NAB in partnership with Volunteering Australia. The award recognises employers for encouraging their workforce to volunteer.

NAB Volunteer Awards Winners
[22 October 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
Congratulations to the national winners of the 2007 NAB Volunteer Awards, YWCA of Adelaide - Big Brothers Big Sisters Program (SA) and Court Network (VIC). These community organisations each receive $20,000 prize money from NAB to continue their great work.

2007 NAB Volunteer Awards: 'Networkers' take the drama out of the court room
[17 October 2007 | Volunteering Australia and NAB]
The Court Network has been providing information, support; education and referral services for people attending court in Victoria for 27 years, since it originated at the Prahan Court in 1980, offering comfort and helping people understand the legal system, so that their day in court is a stress fess as possible.

2007 NAB Volunteer Awards: Giving Big for 'Littles' - The YWCA of Adelaide
[17 October 2007 | Volunteering Australia and NAB]
It may not be unusual to see siblings enjoying a good time together at the park, but for disadvantaged children from broken homes, it can be a far stretch from reality.

Ever wanted to start your own biz? Or wanna grow your biz to the next phase? Make your FAB idea a reality!
[10 October 2007 | The NSW Department of State & Regional Development]
Activate your business start up or growth ideas with some strategic business planning that is highly practical and inspiring and run by a fellow young entrepreneur.

Vinnies' Compeer Program presented with 2007 NAB Volunteer Awards NSW
[4 October 2007 | St Vincent de Paul Society]
The power of friendship was celebrated on Wednesday, 3 October when the St Vincent de Paul Society's Compeer Program was presented with a $10,000 cheque by their local NAB Team in recognition of their first class volunteer practice.

More women joining volunteer bushfire fighters
[5 October 2007 | ABC]
With the CSIRO forecasting this bushfire season to be bigger and hotter than ever before, the states' volunteer fire services are keen to recruit new members. But a study by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre has found that women are being under-utilised and that more needs to be done to attract them to frontline firefighting.

Women sign up for brigades ahead of bushfire season
[5 October 2007 | ABC]
There are about 220,000 volunteer firefighters in Australia. But with ageing rural communities losing youngsters to the cities, fresh and dedicated volunteers are in short supply. As last year showed, longer bushfire seasons are exhausting experienced volunteers and putting pressure on families and workplaces. So volunteer services are looking to women to boost the ranks.

September 2007

Melbourne Cares changes leadership
[24 September 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Corporate volunteer broker, Melbourne Cares has had a change of leadership with the inaugural CEO Simon Robinson resigning after more than three years in the job.

Toolkit for Volunteer Speed Matching
[24 September 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
The concept of Speed Dating has taken off around the world and now one clever volunteer centre on the outskirts of London has created "Volunteer Speed Matching" – so get out your egg timers!

Volunteer Program Champions - CEOs who lead the way
[24 September 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Is your organisation's Executive Director or CEO a volunteer program champion? According to research in the US, the CEO and the staff member designated to manage the volunteer program are the key people in a not-for-profit organisation who must provide leadership and support to allow the program to thrive.

NAB Volunteer Awards Winners
[September 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
Volunteering Australia would like to congratulate the State Winners, Runners Up and Highly Commendable Certificate winners of the 2007 NAB Volunteer Awards. The NAB Volunteer Awards recognise the commitment of volunteers and reward not for profit organisations of any size and location who demonstrate best practice in the management of volunteers. Click here to see details about the winners.

Global edge: Young entrepreneurs reveal their secrets
[17 September 2007 | The FRANK Team]
Want to take your business idea to the world and make millions?Come and meet Andy Cassell – Manager of Jet, The Vines and Youth Group and co-owner of Ivy League Records, Scott Farquhar, winner of the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and co-founder of Atlassian, global software company, and Leesa Fogarty one of the founders of the international swimwear label MaraJoara.

August 2007

Study shows links between volunteering and employability
[23 August 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
A new study suggests that when Australian employers need highly-skilled staff with broad-based experience, someone who's volunteered in a developing country is most likely the right person for the job.

Young Australian of the Year
[23 August 2007 | National Australia Day Council]
The Young Australian of the Year Award recognises those aged 16 to 25 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians. The Young Australian of the Year has been awarded since 1979. The Minister for Community Services, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, highlights the importance of the award. "The Young Australian of the Year Award is a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of young Australians who have made a substantial contribution to their communities." Nominations close 31 August 2007.

International volunteer management expert Susan J. Ellis to visit Sydney
[20 August 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
Leading volunteering author, trainer and commentator, Susan J. Ellis, will lead an innovative workshop entitled Beyond lip service: Assuring that volunteer contributions are valued and supported in Sydney on Tuesday, 2 October 2007 on behalf of The Centre for Volunteering.

Future of Volunteering Survey
[16 August 2007 | Various]
Is volunteering a doomed activity? Where will the volunteers of the future come from? What will motivate them? What might volunteering look like in the future? What forms might volunteering take (eg corporate volunteering, time-limited or project-based etc)? The Future of Volunteering is an innovative project which will use narrative research processes, tools and proprietary software to explore an issue of critical public policy.

Ad scam targets not-for-profits
[16 August 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
Volunteering Australia is currently aware of a scam that is targeting the not-for-profit sector through the solicitation of advertising space in commercial publications. Not-for-profits need to be vigilant about unsolicited ads in publications. Advertisers demand payment for advertising that has never been requested or authorised. They might try to sell you and others in your organisation a 'community directory' or publication based on data plagiarised from other sites, such as GoVolunteer, or from various publications.

Willing to lend a hand
[1 August 2007 | Courier Mail]
Whether it is sharing our time, our skills or just handing out our hard-earned cash, it appears that when it comes to helping others, we just can't help ourselves.

July 2007

"Volunteer" doctors on the federal payroll
[31 July 2007 | Crikey.com.au]
Crikey.com comments on the Federal Government use of the word "volunteer": It has been widely reported, in the general and medical media, that around 600 doctors have volunteered to take part in the Federal Government initiative in the NT. This doesn't mean, however, that the doctors will be working for free...

School canteens at crisis point as volunteer numbers plummet
[22 July 2007 | Sydney Morning Herald]
"School canteens are struggling to stay open as a shortage of parent volunteers worsens. In a bid to stem the losses, the NSW School Canteen Association has written to the Federal Government requesting that canteens be recognised as "providers of community work or as a voluntary work initiative provider.""

Volunteering reflects changing society
[17 July 2007 | Sydney Morning Herald]
"Official figures on volunteering show Australians are readily giving what spare time they can in a changing society, Volunteering Australia (VA) says. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) earlier this month released figures showing that while the number of volunteers is at an all-time high, the number of hours being contributed had decreased."

More volunteer, but they are counting the hours
[10 July 2007 | Sydney Morning Herald]
"More Austalians volunteer than a decade ago, but we're each putting in fewer hours. A survey by the Bureau of Statistics has found that more than a third of us willingly put in unpaid work for a community organisation last year, up from less than a quarter of Australians in 1995...But the typical number of hours devoted each year dropped from 74 hours a person in 1995 to 56 hours last year."

More than 5 million Australians do voluntary work: ABS
[9 July 2007 | Australian Bureau of Statistics]
Results from the national 2006 Voluntary Work Survey released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that 5.2 million people (34%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over, participate in voluntary work. They contributed 713 million hours to the community across diverse activities.

Evaluation issues in the NSW not-for-profit sector: Workshop report
[July 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
An evaluation workshop was held on 16 May by NSW AES Evaluation Society at Mission Australia for not-for-profit organisations to present and discuss issues, especially those concerned with conducting multi-site complex human program evaluations. This package is a record of these presentations and the discussion that followed after.

JUNE 2007

Calling all young conservationists
[26 June 2007 | Conservation Volunteers Australia]
Awards for the Commonwealth Green Ambassadors 2007 are open until 27 July 2007. The program, now in its third year, acknowledges 20 young Australian 16-23 year olds who are actively involved in protecting their local environment, giving them a fantastic opportunity to work with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

2007 Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management
[25 June 2007 | OzVPM]
The 3rd Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management is being held in Hobart from September 25th to 27th. This year's event will feature internationally recognised volunteer management experts Susan J Ellis (USA), Martin J Cowling and Andy Fryar. The Retreat, which is already a quarter full, is limited to just 52 participants, and targeted at those who have been involved in the management of volunteer programs for more than two years and will feature the theme "Positioning Our Profession". Unlike a conventional conference, the Retreat seeks to provide a personal, intense and tailored experience aimed at the seasoned volunteer management professional.

International Volunteer Manager Appreciation Day (IVMA Day)
[25 June 2007 | IVMA Day International Committee]
International Volunteer Manager Appreciation Day (IVMA Day) is being celebrated for the 9th time on November 1, 2007 and so now is the time to start planning the ways that YOU are going to celebrate the day!

Volunteer in Vanuatu
[24 June 2007 | International Volunteers for Peace (IVP)]
Join an international team of volunteers assisting a village in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a magical group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The Melanesian inhabitants live a peaceful existence in a tropical paradise. The IVP project is in Epau Village, Efate Island, one and a half hours from the capital, Port Vila.

NSW's 1.4 million volunteers to be recognised
[19 June 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
The 1.4 million volunteers in NSW who work tirelessly for the community are to be recognised in a new award. The Centre for Volunteering, the peak body for unpaid work in NSW, today officially launched the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Lessons from London Bombings to Help Australian NFPs
[4 June 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Emergency response experts believe the lessons for Australia after the 2005 London bombings are planning, practice, partnerships and continual learning – and all should be jointly addressed by governments and volunteer organisations.

Volunteering Australia appoints Acting CEO
[4 June 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Volunteering Australia has appointed Julie Pollard as the Acting Chief Executive Officer for the next five months. The announcement follows the recent resignations of long time CEO Shar Cordingley and her Deputy Kylee Bates. Julie Pollard is currently the General Manager of Marketing and Communications with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Australia. Prior to that, she worked with the Cancer Council of South Australia and the Australian Institute of Management in South Australia.

MAY 2007

Issues and strategies in involving people with disabilities in the Arts sector
[28 May 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
Gwenda Lawther, Head of The Centre's School of Volunteer Management, recently attended a consultation meeting at which Accessible Arts NSW facilitated a discussion about the issues and strategies in involving people with disabilities in the Arts sector. This includes artists, audiences and volunteers.

Global trends in skill-based volunteering - NAB Report
[21 May 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
National Australia Bank has released a report on global trends in skill-based volunteering, as part of its sponsorship of National Volunteer Week. The report, which draws on best practice and developments internationally, is an up-to-date analysis and examination of how corporations are tapping into skills they hold in areas such as marketing, IT, property and asset management, financial planning, accounting, business strategy and human resource management, and transferring those skills to build capacity in NGOs and other community organisations.

Effective use of ICT critical for Australian NFPs
[21 May 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Not for Profit IT services business, Energetica says effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by NGOs in Australia is critical for their future development.

Federal Budget and NFPs
[21 May 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
The Federal Government has announced several measures in its 2007-08 Budget that are directly relevant to not-for-profit organisations.

Volunteering Australia says farewell to Sha Cordingley and Kylee Bates, welcome to Julie Pollard
[18 May 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
Many people in the volunteer/not-for-profit sector will have heard that Volunteering Australia has recently lost its two senior staff members. While the timing of the resignations of Sha Cordingley and Kylee Bates was coincidental, it is significant loss to a relatively small organisation. Sha and Kylee really developed Volunteering Australia to make it a highly effective peak body for volunteering. We all owe them a great deal for their vision of a truly national peak organisation for volunteering and for their hard work in making it a reality.

Western Australians can 'see the change' that volunteering brings
[18 May 2007 | World Volunteer Web & Media Newswire]
All Western Australians are being encouraged to become volunteers in their local community and discover the positive change it can bring to their lives. Launching National Volunteer Week 2007, Volunteering Minister Sue Ellery said volunteering had enormous social and economic benefits for all communities and there were plenty of opportunities for people to become involved.

Media Release: Continued funding a welcome boost for sector
[15 May 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
Volunteering Australia welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Community Services Nigel Scullion of additional funding for volunteer resource centres. Volunteering Australia's 2006 submission Strengthening and Sustaining Volunteering in Australia argued for the necessity of funding increases to volunteer centres as a vital support to ensure a sustainable volunteering culture.

QLD Govt moves to boost volunteering numbers
[15 May 2007 | ABC News]
The Queensland Government has created a new Office of Volunteering in a bid to convince more people to lend a hand. State Communities Minister Warren Pitt says more people need to be attracting to volunteering or vital community services might be forced to close down in the future.

99% of volunteers believe their work makes a difference: National survey finds
[14 May 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
Findings from Volunteering Australia's second annual National Survey of Volunteering Issues, to be released during National Volunteer Week (May 14-20 2007) have identified that most volunteers are positive about the benefits their work brings to the community.

Announcing the screening of a new and exciting documentary: 'James Craig Sails Again'
[9 May 2007 | Sydney Heritage Fleet]
In an announcement which will appeal to all who are interested in the preservation of heritage treasures, and especially those with a maritime bent, Sydney Heritage Fleet announces, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week 2007, the screening of a new documentary covering the discovery, salvage, retrieval and restoration of the 19th Century square-rigger, James Craig, and her return to operational sailing; a feat acknowledged around the world.

Museum holds special Open Day to welcome interested new volunteers
[2 May 2007 | Australian National Maritime Museum]
Prospective museum volunteers will receive a Red Carpet welcome at a special introductory Open Day at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Monday, 14 May.

National Volunteer Week: See the Change ... Volunteering
[1 May 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
Are you at a loss for what to do this National Volunteer Week? Here are some creative and inexpensive ways to promote the value of volunteering to your community and to recruit new volunteers.

APRIL 2007

Researching older volunteers - South Australian experience
[23 April 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
A new report examines volunteering by older people, in particular in the South Australian context, looking at government policy and organisational practice. South Australia has the oldest population in Australia. According to the researchers this has created some concern for the SA Government that there will be a disproportionate number of older South Australians putting pressure on public resources.

Donor fatigue hits charity fundraising
[23 April 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Analysis of the 2006 financial data of around 270 charities listed by Givewell shows that while the Not for Profit sector is in good shape financially, donor fatigue may have set in. The report shows that while Total Income of the sample increased in line with the inflation rate of 3%, Gross Fundraising Revenue actually declined by 5%.

The same the world over…
[20 April 2007 | Kylee Bates, Volunteering Australia]
It's all too easy when going about our work to develop an inward-looking view of the issues in our sector and to continue to struggle in the same old ways to resolve them. This can be true whether you are a manager of volunteers, a volunteer, a researcher or an advocate for volunteering, and no matter what part of the country you happen to be in. Sometimes though, we are lucky enough to be offered an opportunity that enables us to see our world differently and learn that our issues are not unique, even though the context may be. My attendance at the recent European Volunteering Assembly, hosted by the European Volunteer Centre (CEV), reminded me once again that many of the issues we confront in volunteering are indeed 'the same the world over'.

Adobe PDF Tracking what works: Voluntary activity, community strengthening and local government
[20 April 2007 | A report by the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights, Deakin University to the Municipal Association of Victoria ]
"Tracking What Works" provides a framework for considering the relationship between volunteering and community strengthening. The report draws on the insights of fifteen councils across Victoria. "Tracking What Works" refl ects the experience of councils and communities in dealing with the impact of changing community participation patterns and the growing need for new ways to stimulate and support voluntary activity at a community level. It relates the observations of councils and community organisations that traditional recruitment and retention strategies are not suffi cient to address these changes, nor to promote wider community participation.

National Volunteer Week 2007National Volunteer Week: 14-20 May 2007
[April 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
Australia's 6.3 million volunteers will be celebrated during National Volunteer Week, 14-20 May 2007. National Volunteer Week provides a national focus for organisations wanting to recruit volunteers and promote the value of volunteering to the community.

Welfare and enviro groups join forces on climate change
[10 April 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
Australia's welfare, climate and environment groups have joined forces to tackle climate change. Four national welfare, climate and environment organisations met in Melbourne recently to consider how Australia can ensure climate change and measures to counter global warming don't worsen social inequality.

Online donors more generous: Study
[10 April 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
People who make online donations to charity give larger gifts than traditional donors but are less likely to remain loyal to the cause, according to a new US study on online giving. The study by Target Analysis Group and Donordigital in the US studied the online transactions of 12 major charities including Alzheimer's Association, Mercy Corps and Defenders of Wildlife.

Aussie baby boomers optimistic
[10 April 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
The mood amongst Australia's baby boomers is mostly optimistic, according to new research. People over 50 believe they are lucky to be living in Australia. They are proud of their Nation and its achievements. Many of their views are consistent whether they are in their early 50s or late 70s.

Cricket Australia launches volunteering strategy
[10 April 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
In 2006 Cricket Australia commissioned Volunteering Australia to help develop a national strategy for volunteering in the sport. The result is a comprehensive blue print for best practice in volunteer management.

MARCH 2007

Corporate Volunteering expands in Sydney
[27 March 2007 | United Way]
Two of Sydney's leading not for profit organisations have joined forces to offer companies and their staff more opportunity to volunteer in the community. United Way Sydney and the Centre for Volunteering are proud to launch a partnership that will create a range of opportunities for staff to roll their sleeves up and complete much need community projects in the community.

CEOs encourage corporate philanthropy
[22 March 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
A group of CEOs from Fortune 500 companies found that the most successful corporate giving programs are inspired by employees and CEOs alike and are relevant to the core values and business objectives of the company.

Volunteer programs: Job seeker and employer perspectives
[22 March 2007 | Pro Bono Australia]
New research shows that volunteering has a positive impact on recruitment, staff retention, and satisfaction and productivity - but more work needs to be done to quantify these gains. The national umbrella organisation, Volunteering Australia with the support of the online recruitment group Seek carried out two online surveys.

Imams urged to be lifesavers and fireys
[21 March 2007 | The Australian]
Muslim clerics will be encouraged to become surf lifesavers and volunteer firefighters as part of a push by one of the nation's most influential Islamic leaders for greater integration of his community into the mainstream.

Volunteering an art form that rewards business
[15 March 2007 | The Age]
"Getting the balance right is important to all organisations, but none more so than the Melbourne-based arts company Strange Fruit … But when it comes to getting the financial balance right, they call on volunteers from KPMG."

Do we need to understand more about women's contribution to volunteering?
[March 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
The level of women's contribution to the Australian community through volunteering is clear from recent demographic studies.

FEBRUARY 2007

Disaster brings out the volunteer in us
[23 February 2007 | MyCountry, ABC]
Volunteering is worth a lot to the Australian economy but it's also invaluable to the health of the community, says Di Morgan. As the Chief Executive of Volunteering Queensland, she's seeing a new trend emerge where people want to volunteer so they can help put things right.

Charity begins at home as cash donations top list
[15 February 2007 | The Age]
MOST of Australia's small companies are working with charities, according to a study. The quarterly Sensis Business Index, which surveys 1800 small and medium enterprises, found that 95 per cent claimed they had donated to charities in the past 12 months.

Government expands Student Volunteering Program
[13 February 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
The Centre for Volunteering welcomes the NSW Government's plan for public high school students in NSW to be encouraged to volunteer their time to community service groups. The NSW Government unveiled their $7.8 million program yesterday, with Premier Iemma saying "Our Premier's Community Service Award programwill encourage students to participate with school-based representative councils, cadets, community groups, aged care providers and other volunteer groups".

Community services begins at school
[11 February 2007 | Premier of NSW, Australia]
NSW Premier Morris Iemma today unveiled a bold new direction in values education through a program of community service for public high school students. The $7.8 million initiative will encourage teenagers to get involved in community service, learn new skills, foster civic pride and build on the Respect and Responsibility program.

Volunteers 'need tax breaks'
[7 February 2007 | News.com.au]
PREMIER Alan Carpenter will use Friday's Council of the Australian Federation conference to seek tax breaks for emergency service volunteers. The Premier said there was no doubt that the work of emergency service volunteers was highly regarded and admired by governments at all levels and the wider Australian community.

JANUARY 2007

Business shares cost of Australia's emergency volunteers
[25 January 2007 | ProBono Australia]
Australian business shares the cost burden of over half of the volunteers who respond to national and state wide emergencies each year, according to new figures detailing the cost of emergency volunteering.

Corporate philanthropy and higher profits?
[25 January 2007 | ProBono Australia]
Research into corporate philanthropy and whether being charitable — such as donating money to medical research or to organisations that promote economic self-sufficiency — helps a company's financial picture concludes that it all depends on the type of industry.

New report claims social contact for the elderly is critical
[24 January 2007 | Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd]
A new report published today, claims that addressing loneliness and social isolation among Australia's elderly community is a critical step in being able to successfully respond to the challenges of an ageing population. The Evaluation Report of The Neighbourhood Contact Program presents the results of a trial conducted in Sydney during 2006 by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the Macquarie Branch of the National Seniors Association. The program consisted of the pairing of an older person from the local community with a younger volunteer from Novartis. The pairs were given the opportunity to get to know one another, keep in touch and organise outings together, with the aim of looking at ways of reducing the risk of social isolation for the elderly individuals and establishing greater connections in the local community.

Sweetener to shrink volunteers' costs
[23 January 2007 | Sydney Morning Herald]
"Volunteers could recoup some of the costs associated with their altruism through tax breaks if the Federal Government adopts the recommendations of a taskforce of tax, charity and accountancy experts."

Volunteering a costly pastime at $693 a year
[23 January 2007 | The Australian]
Australia's 6.3 million volunteers are under pressure from increasing costs as travel, telephone and training expenses eat away at the family budget. Volunteers save the country an estimated $42 billion a year in emergency, community and health services, according to Volunteering Australia's Costs of Volunteering report, released yesterday. But the people who gave up their time paid an average of $693 year to do so.

Calls for better deal for volunteers
[22 January 2007 | The 7:30 Report]
A report released today says almost 90 per cent of the country's 6 million volunteers aren't merely giving their time for free. They're often out of pocket, with their beneficence actually costing them on average, hundreds of dollars a year. With surveys showing many volunteers are rethinking their commitment to helping others, posing the obvious question – where would the country be without them – and prompting strong calls for a better deal.

Costs of Volunteering Taskforce Report
[22 January 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
Over the past six years consultation and research within the volunteering sector has consistently provided evidence that the rising cost of volunteering to the individual is becoming an issue of some concern. Australia is in the fortunate position of having high levels of volunteer involvement in the adult population with the numbers currently sitting at around 41 percent. Whilst we are cautiously confident that at this stage Australians are more engaged and enthusiastic about volunteering than ever before recent surveys have shown that some volunteers are considering either reducing their involvement or ceasing involvement altogether. Much anecdotal evidence would support these findings.

National taskforce looks to Government for help as costs hit 9 out of 10 volunteers
[22 January 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
The national Costs of Volunteering Taskforce today urged the Australian Government to consider its report in response to the rising cost of volunteering at a press conference in Melbourne.

Climate change challenge for businesses
[19 January 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
Simple and cost-effective actions to reduce waste can help combat climate change and businesses are being urged to get involved in Business Clean Up Day on 27 February 2007.

Response to "Union says volunteers given confidential police work"
[17 January 2007 | The Centre for Volunteering]
Lynne Dalton, CEO, The Centre for Volunteering, responds to yesterday's report from the ABC that "a union says job cuts have led to volunteers doing sensitive and confidential paperwork in police stations in New South Wales". Ms Dalton, takes issue with the implication by the union and the Minister for Police John Watkins, that volunteers are somehow lesser people because they are not paid.

Union says volunteers given confidential police work
[16 January 2007 | ABC]
A union says job cuts have led to volunteers doing sensitive and confidential paperwork in police stations in New South Wales. The Public Service Association (PSA) says there is a shortage of support staff and volunteers have taken on extra duties, including cataloguing images of child pornography.

Volunteers 'log child porn' for police
[16 January 2007 | Sydney Morning Herald]
"Volunteers originally recruited by the NSW Police Force to improve community ties are cataloguing child pornography and photographs of criminals, the Public Service Association says."

2007 National Survey of Volunteering Issues
[16 January 2007 | Volunteering Australia]
What are the main issues your organisation is facing in when involving
volunteers? And as a volunteer, what issues are important to you? The
2007 National Survey of Volunteering Issues, run by Volunteering
Australia, the national peak body advancing volunteering, wants to
know your views.

Volunteering Australia invites all volunteers and not for profit organisations that involve volunteers to participate in the 2007 National Survey of Volunteering Issues. The National Survey of Volunteering Issues helps Volunteering Australia understand what issues are emerging in the sector and what factors help and hinder effective volunteering. Volunteering Australia uses this information to formulate policy positions to put to government, and also to target where our research and consultation efforts should be directed.

The survey is open until the end of February and can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=313972724201

The 2007 National Survey of Volunteering Issues report will be released during National Volunteer Week (14–20 May 2007).

Woolworths CEO pledges substantial support for drought relief
[16 January 2007 | Woolworths]
As part of a wider commitment to supporting Australian rural communities, on January 23, 2007, Woolworths will donate its entire supermarkets profits from all Australian Woolworths & Safeway supermarkets, for the day to the Country Women's Association to help farming families with household bills and for research into sustainable farming practices. Launching the initiative on ABC's Country Hour program today, Woolworths CEO Michael Luscombe said the Woolworths National Drought Action Day is expected to raise in excess of three million dollars. 100% of the donation will be directed to the Country Women's Association.

Volunteers charged for helping community
[10 January 2007 | News.com.au]
Emergency volunteers sacrifice their time and sometimes their lives but a report released today says they also forgo nearly $1000 each year for the privilege of helping the community. A report commissioned on behalf of Anglicare and the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum (AEMVF) estimates each volunteer's average direct and in-kind contributions totals $950 per year.

Firefighting fails to attract young volunteers
[2 January 2007 | News.com.au]
RURAL and country fire service organisations around the nation are struggling to attract young volunteers, leaving a core of ageing firefighters in their 50s. National fire and emergency management consultant Stuart Ellis, who chaired an inquiry into Australia's deadly 2002 bushfire season, said the composition of the nation's firefighting resources was a significant problem.

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