“Volunteering is for All Of Us”

Every year, The Centre hosts one of the biggest events for volunteer leaders, drawing hundreds of delegates from across the state to learn, exchange ideas and network amongst their peers. This year, the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference was no exception.

Attended virtually and in person by almost 250 people, the Conference was hosted at venues across New South Wales. Thank you to:

  • Amora Jamison Hotel Sydney, on Gadigal Country
  • Broken Hill Musicians Club, on Wilyakali Country
  • Orange Ex Services Club, on Wiradjuri Country
  • Powerhouse Hotel Tamworth, on Kamilaroi Country
  • Mercure Hotel Wagga Wagga, on Wiradjuri Country

This year’s speaker list boasted 18 subject matter experts, including Keynote speaker and much admired ABC journalist, Annabel Crabb.

Here are some of the key takeaways from this year’s Conference:

A really wonderful event and a joyful celebration of the contributions volunteers and volunteer leaders make to our community – Conference attendee

Teeming crowd of engaged volunteer leaders at the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference

2024 Theme

This year’s theme was “Volunteering is for All Of Us.” It was chosen to reflect our focus on the importance of innovation, diversity and inclusion in the volunteering sector.

Following a Welcome to Country from Yvonne Weldon, The Centre’s CEO Gemma Rygate set the tone for the day by emphasising the significance of the volunteering sector.

“The value of volunteering is something we know and share,” she said.

The Hon. Jodie Harrison MP, Minister responsible for Volunteering, and Keynote speaker, Annabel Crabb, echoed this sentiment.

Not only do we all benefit from volunteering, but no matter what your interest, skillset or life background is, there is a place in volunteering for you – Minister Harrison


You are the mighty sheep dogs of human generosity – Annabel Crabb, Keynote speaker

Keynote Speaker Annabel Crabb at the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference

Image credit: Michael Mannington OAM, Community Photography

2024 Topics

The Conference covered a broad range of topics, addressing the most important issues and concerns of today’s volunteer leaders, including:

  • Relationship building
  • Liability
  • New resources
  • The 2024 theme
  • And more

View the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference Program

Once again, a diverse and interesting range of speakers – Conference attender


The Centre for Volunteering does a really good job at balancing the range of topics and speakers to be informative to a very broad cohort – Conference attendee

Building Connections at the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference

As well as being the ultimate professional development event for volunteer leaders, the Conference is an opportunity for delegates to network, collaborate, and build connections.

The key takeaway from this year’s Conference is that we are all better, together.

We encourage volunteer-involving organisations to create space for everyone by fostering diversity and inclusion – something we can show you how to achieve. Contact us to learn more.

The networking is incredible and I learned a lot from talking to others – Conference attendee

See you next year

We hope to see you at the next Volunteering NSW State Conference. Check the Conference page and stay connected via social media and the Voice of Volunteering newsletter for updates.

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Amazing conference! This is the highlight of my year, a chance for me to meet the professionals with the same expertise, brainstorm, network, etc. I always leave with lots of new ideas on how to improve our program – Conference attendee

Smiling panel at the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference