We welcome the recent announcement by Fair Work Australia to grant wage increases to employees in the community sector.
For many years workers in the Community sector have been praised for their commitment and contributions to building a stronger and healthier Australian society.
It was unfortunate that this accolade did not transition to equity in the remuneration sphere when compared to similar work conducted within the Public sector or other fields of endeavour within the Australian workforce
There are many issues affecting the volunteering sector including:
- Out of pocket expenses incurred by volunteers such as:
- Cost of petrol
- Transport in rural areas
- Reimbursements with options such as tax breaks
- Criminal Record Checks for volunteers
- Working with Children Checks for volunteers
- Volunteer Insurance
- Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for volunteers
- Core global funding for Volunteer Referral Centres
- Office for Volunteering
The Volunteer Centre Network NSW is working to address these issues and will update this website as progress is made.
For those who are unfamiliar, Connecting Up is the nonprofit interactive event for learning and thinking strategically about how innovation and technology can improve our operations and outcomes.
Whether you are helping rebuild lives, building communities or growing networks, every nonprofit needs technology to underpin its actions. Whether its mobile phones, Facebook, fundraising databases, office networks, or this year’s buzzword ‘the cloud’, technology is a given in your world. But you don’t have to be a geek to make smart choices. Connecting Up's annual conference will be held in Sydney, Australia in 2012. As nonprofits continue to look at new ways to innovate in all aspects of their organisation, Connecting Up 2012 will be a conference not to miss.
After identifying volunteering as a hot topic in 2011, Hunter Region non-profit organisations have conceived a plan addressing matters raised at a forum hosted by Newcastle Interagency. Strategies will start to be implemented this year.
The Federal Government has been progressing with plans to develop a National Volunteering Strategy. This Strategy will shape the government's vision for volunteering over the next ten years. The strategy will be released to mark the 10 year anniversary of the United Nations International Year of Volunteers (IYV +10) which will be celebrated through the world in 2011.
The strategy development is now at the community consultation phase and Volunteering Australia would like to encourage you to provide comment to government on the strategy.