Your July Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

What a month June was! We were so pleased to deliver you a very successful second State Conference, we welcomed Anthony Carbines MP in as our new Parliamentary Secretary, and set the stage for the remainder of 2019 with our forthcoming:
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program for leaders of volunteers (details next week!)
  • AGM Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Annual State Awards
  • And of course our wide-range of workshops and networking opportunities.
Sadly, we also farewelled Lisa Barrow, our Business Manager. Lisa's role was made redundant during our recent restructure, and we wish her all the very best.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive
2019 State Conference: Event Wrap-up
Thank you to everyone who completed the post conference survey - your feedback is important to us!

We hope that you found the Conference experience inspiring and that you formed many positive connections and gained valuable knowledge. The sharing of insights and the building of networks that occurs between such a wide variety of delegates is part of what made our State Conference special this year.

>> Read the wrap-up of the event here, including photos, outcomes and presentations
>> 5 Slido questions answered! 

*Only presentations we have received permissions to upload are available on our website
2019 State Awards: Nominations Open
The Volunteering Victoria State Awards celebrate and showcase the people, programs and organisations that build vibrant and strong volunteering communities.

Whilst numerous events exist to recognise the outstanding achievements of individual volunteers, the Volunteering Victoria State Awards showcase the extraordinary infrastructure in our state that makes volunteering possible.

Nominations are now open for our annual State Awards, with 2 new categories being introduced this year.

Nominations close 30 August at 5:00 PM

>> View the full list of categories here
Volunteer Management Toolkit: Have Your Say!

Volunteering Victoria is currently reviewing its volunteer management toolkit and will be shortly seeing a small group of members to review the proposed changes.

We anticipate the review times to be 1 – 2 hours, plus a reviewers meeting at Volunteering Victoria.

>> If you are interested in contributing, please contact Sara Sterling to express your interest. 

Announcement: New Website Launch

We hope you enjoy our new uncluttered design that is easy to navigate, and more user-friendly. Our goal with this new designed website is to create a user-friendly browsing experience for you.

>> If you would like to send us feedback about your experience, please email

New Parliamentary Secretary: Anthony Carbines MP
Welcome Anthony Carbines as our new Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers.

>> Read Anthony's profile here
Survey: Victorian Volunteer Strategy
The Victorian Government has committed to develop and implement a Victorian Volunteer Strategy. 

The strategy will be informed by extensive consultation across the Victorian public and volunteering community, seeking deep insights into the challenges and opportunities for volunteers, community members, and managers of volunteers and organisations.
Online consultation close 24 November 2019

>> Find out how to participate here
Resource: VolunteerPro Guide 
The guide includes eight chapters detailing topics on volunteer coordination, recruitment, interviews, training, supervision, management software, appreciation, and overall nonprofit management.

It offers research-based data, as well as bonus tools, worksheets, and resources to put learning subjects into action.

>> Download resource here
Resource: Citywide Volunteer Engagement Guide
This guide is designed to help city staff, elected officials, and interested residents in building a case and support for citywide volunteer engagement strategies

>> Download guide here
Survey: National Volunteer Week Feedback
Have your say! To help develop a new theme, logo and merchandise for National Volunteer Week 2020, Volunteering Australia would love to hear from you.

The survey will close Monday 14 July. 

*Survey responses are anonymous

>> Take survey here
Research: Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Leaders in Grassroots Associations
Society benefits from volunteers who form small groups, working together to build communities and promote social change. It is estimated that there are almost half a million of these ‘grassroots associations’ operating in Australia today. 

This paper investigates the motivations for and barriers to the recruitment and retention of leaders

>> Read research here
Research: Volunteering for All
This Framework was developed over 2018 by the Scottish Government jointly with partners from the volunteer and community sector, local government and NHS, with academics and social researchers, and with volunteers.

>> Read full research here
Technology: Working with Volunteers - the Legal Issues
This app is designed for use by any incorporated not-for-profit organisation that engages volunteers, or plans to engage volunteers.

It provides an overview of the key legal obligations that not-for-profit organisations have towards volunteers. 

>> Find out if this app works for you
Event: National Volunteering Conference 2020

The National Volunteering Conference will take place in Perth, Western Australia from 18 - 20 March 2020.

The theme for the Conference is Diversity, Power, Purpose.

The Conference will bring together managers of volunteers, not-for-profit leaders, and policy professionals to advance volunteering across the country, and inform the national agenda.

>> Get super early-bird tickets here
e-Module: Recruiting Volunteers
This 30 minute module will help you feel confident to fairly and safely recruit the volunteers you need to support your organisation. 

The module is broken into roughly three 10 minute sections that answer the three main questions to consider when recruiting volunteers. 

>> Start course here
Volunteering Victoria Membership
We assist you to lead, manage and support your volunteers more effectively to achieve your vision for volunteering in Victoria. By joining Volunteering Victoria and working with us, you help ensure there is a formidable, inclusive, fearless and representative voice for volunteering.

>> For more information, contact our office on 03 8327 8500 or
Membership Benefits
  • Grow your networks at our member only events and connect with other volunteer professionals
  • Develop your skills by attending one of our highly regarded training workshops
  • Provide input on our policy, advocacy and research work to shape the future of volunteering   across Victoria
  • Take advantage of the 30% discounts when attending training, conferences and other events
  • Become a mentor, or receive a mentor to support your professional practice
  • Nominate or be nominated for an award at our prestigious annual State Awards
  • Share your expertise and develop your communication skills through presenting at one of our monthly webinars
  • Participate in Special Interest Groups to engage and exchange practice tips and ideas, and contribute to Volunteering Victoria’s strategic projects
  • Promote your volunteer programs through our social media and website
>> Download member benefit flyer here.
New Members this Month

In July, we warmly welcomed the following new members. Thank you all for joining team Volunteering Victoria and assisting us to strengthen our communities through volunteerism.  

>> For more information, contact our office on 03 8327 8500 or

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