Volunteer Management Activity Project Partnerships Program

The Centre is seeking to partner with external organisations to deliver projects that will provide advice, support, and resources to help enable volunteering by members of identified groups. Projects will build the capacity of volunteer managers and volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) to better engage diverse volunteers and will enhance volunteer management.

Project Partnerships Program 2024-25 – now open


The 2024-25 Project Partnerships Program will adopt a refreshed approach to engaging with the sector to deliver projects that will build the capacity of volunteer managers and VIOs.  

The Centre will identify and scope specific projects and requirements (i.e. timeframe, deliverables, approximate budget) and advertise these opportunities via a ‘Project Board’ on The Centre’s website and through other communication channels such as social media and targeted emails.   

Parties interested in delivering a specific project can submit a detailed project tender by the assigned submission closure date. Project tenders will then be assessed for eligibility by a selection panel, measured against the project criteria and scope. Partnerships will be entered into with organisations who can deliver the projects in line with the project scope.    

This refreshed approach aims to: 

  • better address the needs of the sector by ensuring resource gaps are met; 
  • avoid duplication of resources across the sector; 
  • help smaller community organisations engage with the Project Partnerships process with more information and collaboration and clear project scope; 
  • remove the chance of community organisations applying for project funding for resources and services which already exist/are in development, and projects that are, therefore, ineligible;  
  • provide more information and communication during the application process; 
  • maximise opportunities for sector engagement; and   
  • provide a streamlined application and approval process.

Download the Guidelines for Project Partnerships 2024-25.

Project Board

Project opportunities are now available for the 2024-25 round of the Project Partnerships Program. If you are interested in partnering with The Centre to deliver projects that will break down barriers to volunteering and build sector-wide capacity, click below to learn more. 

2024-25 Project Board

Register your interest via the contact form at the bottom of the page to be kept up to date about future project opportunities. 

Volunteer Management Activity

The Centre for Volunteering is delivering the Volunteer Management Activity (VMA) on behalf of the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services (DSS). The objective of the VMA is to increase opportunities for people to participate in the social and economic life of their community through volunteering. Excellent Volunteer Management is key to the volunteering experience.  

The focus of the VMA is:    

  • The delivery of online services in volunteer management to build the capacity of volunteer-involving organisations;   
  • Breaking down barriers to volunteering faced by identified groups; and   
  • An increase in service coverage across regional, rural, and remote areas.  

Breaking down barriers to volunteering

A major element of The Centre’s implementation of the VMA in NSW is commissioning community experts to deliver projects through the Project Partnerships Program annually. 

Projects must align with the focus of the Volunteer Management Activity to deliver advice, support, and resources to help enable volunteering by members of identified groups: 

  • First Nations Peoples  
  • Newly Arrived Migrants*
  • People with Disability** 
  • Vulnerable Women  
  • Young People aged 12-18 
  • People who are unemployed

Learn more:

2024-25 Project opportunities

2023-24 Project Partners

2022-23 Project Partners

Current partnerships within the Volunteer Management Activity

The Centre is also partnering with an extensive number of organisations in the design and delivery of online best-practice volunteer management tools, training, resources and support. Partnerships include: 

Register your interest to be kept up to date about future project opportunities. 

Register your Interest

* Indicates required

*Newly Arrived Migrants within their first 5 years of settlement.

**The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) defines disability as:

  • total or partial loss of the person’s bodily or mental functions
  • total or partial loss of a part of the body
  • the presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness
  • the malfunction, malformation, or disfigurement of a part of the person’s body
  • a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction
  • a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person’s thought processes, perception of reality, emotions, or judgment, or that results in disturbed behaviour and includes disability that:
    • presently exists o previously existed but no longer exists o may exist in the future
    • is imputed to a person (meaning it is thought or implied that the person has disability but does not)


If you have any further questions regarding this opportunity, please email the VMA team:


This project is funded by the Department of Social Services through the Volunteer Management Activity.

Department of Social Services