The Volunteer Management Activity (VMA) is designed to increase opportunities for people to participate in the social and economic life of their broader community through volunteering.   

On 1 July 2021 The Centre for Volunteering (The Centre) was awarded funding by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to build the capacity of Volunteer Involving Organisations.  The new VMA focus is: 

  • The delivery of online services in volunteer management to build the capacity of VIOs and volunteer managers  
  • The breaking down of barriers to volunteering faced by three identified priority groups: People with Disabilities, First Nations People, and Newly Arrived Migrants  
  • An increase in service coverage across regional, rural, and remote areas. 

Project-Based Framework 

Driven by a desire to best implement the VMA 2022-26 at a jurisdictional level and optimise the success of the program, The Centre engaged the LDC Group to review and provide advice on a framework for service provision.  This Project Based Framework (PBF) model has been chosen as it provides:  

  • Flexibility to fund new opportunities 
  • Greater strategic oversight 
  • Utilise data to plan & prioritise 
  • Identify, facilitate & utilise specialist expertise, e.g. First Nations organisations 
  • Encourage & support new ideas & innovation 

The Centre adopted recommendations from the review and is seeking suitable providers/organisations to apply for project-based grants to undertake work to support volunteer managers and VIOs to break down barriers to volunteering faced by the three identified priority groups. 

In line with The Centre’s commitment to transparent design in meeting the aims of the redesigned VMA, the report is available to view here

Grant information 

In order to implement a Project-Based Framework The Centre will partner, through a project-based grants program, with external organisations to provide/develop advice/support/resources to help break down barriers to volunteering faced by one or more of the three identified priority groups.  This must occur by supporting volunteer managers and VIOs to build their capacity to engage and support priority group volunteers in a meaningful and respectful manner.  Projects which can be provided across regional, rural and remote areas will be preferred.   

Applicants will be asked to complete an application form which outlines a project, of their own design, which will help break down the barriers to volunteering.  We are looking for subject matter and sector experts to propose projects to help inform and design this vital part of the VMA program and delivery.   

The priority groups are: 

  • People with Disability1 
  • First Nation Peoples  
  • Newly Arrived Migrants2 

Register your interest 

Timeframes for the project-based framework grants program are yet to be finalised. 

All organisations interested in lodging an application when the grant application period opens are required to fill in the form below. 

By completing this form, you will receive updates on the grant process and responses to any questions of clarification. Responses will be distributed to all organisations who have registered via the form.

Register your interest here

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If you have any further questions please email VMA@volunteering.com.au 

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

1 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

· previously existed but no longer exists

· may exist in the future is imputed to a person (meaning it is thought or implied that the person has disability but does not). 2 Newly Arrived Migrants within their first 5 years of settlement.

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