Joint policy statement: Addressing the pandemic insurance gap for volunteers

Published: 19 August 2020

Volunteering Australia and Justice Connect are calling on all Australian governments to ‘have the back’ of Australia’s volunteer workforce in the COVID-19 crisis by overcoming the pandemic insurance gap.

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Submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19

Published: 11 June 2020

Volunteering has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our assessment is that the Australian Government has not engaged strategically with volunteering during the pandemic. The lack of engagement and response from the Australian Government in relation to volunteering has risked the safeguarding of volunteers and ignored the critical role that volunteers play during emergencies. Volunteering has been absent from COVID-19 related guidance emanating from the Australian Government and from key institutions and frameworks set up to manage the response. This is despite the scale of the volunteer workforce and its social and economic power.

To ensure that volunteers are protected and enabled to make their contribution as we learn to live with COVID-19, we have some recommendations which you can read in our full briefing.

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Research Briefing: The experience of volunteers during COVID-19

Published: 18 May 2020

Volunteering Australia commissioned the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for Social Research and Methods to undertake analysis of the experience of volunteers during COVID-19 to date. Their analysis draws on the ANUpoll which involves a regular survey of around 3000 Australians that produces nationally representative results. The full paper and results are available at the ANU website.

The decline in paid work because of COVID-19 has been the focus of much analysis. This research is the first analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on volunteers and volunteering across Australia.

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