Your November Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

Happy International Volunteer Managers day! While some in Victoria were celebrating the Melbourne Cup public holiday, I hope you ALL did something special for International Volunteer Managers Day. The theme this year is Change the Tune reflecting the frustration experienced in many volunteer management circles, where we continue to have the same struggles and discussions year after year. This year’s theme is a chance for us to think differently about how volunteer leadership is positioned – in the hope that we can change the dialogue. Volunteering Victoria is proud to lead this conversation, and we think our CPD program which has just launched nationally is a great tool to use to start changing the tune in our own organisations.
This month Scott is having a very well-deserved break and I’ve stepped into his shoes.  Pulling together the content for this newsletter has been a great reminder of the diversity, activity and thought leadership at work in this sector.
Volunteering Victoria was sad to farewell our Victoria ALIVE project staff this month. The team has done a phenomenal job in promoting disability inclusion in the volunteering community sector. Dom, Camellia, Jenna and Marnie – thank you for your efforts. The final report is available on the Victoria Alive website.
Finally, winners of the Volunteering Victoria Awards will be announced shortly after our awards ceremony on November 20. Good luck to all the finalists!

Sara Sterling 
Sector Development Manager
Victoria ALIVE: Final Report Released
The Victoria ALIVE project team have developed the following report on disability inclusive volunteering. The report is based on findings and input from a wide range of stakeholders across the volunteering sector. The report outlines the benefits and barriers of disability inclusive volunteering, and how organisations and the volunteering sector can make improvements for volunteers with disability.

>> View final project report here
Business & Philanthropy Project: We Need Your Input!
We are searching for case studies for the Business and Philanthropy Project, which showcase the value and opportunity which employee supported volunteering can deliver.

In particular we are looking for partnerships between small to medium not for profits (annual revenue less than $1m) and businesses which have significantly built internal capacity and capability through employee supported volunteering.

The case study would explore how the organisation successfully implemented and leveraged employee supported volunteering and the quantifiable value it added to the volunteer involving organisation and the community more broadly.
>> If this sounds like your organisation or one that you know of, please contact Christine via
State Awards 2019: Finalists Announced
Keynote speaker: Kylee Bates, IAVE World President
*Invite-only event.

We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 State Awards, to be held on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Thank you to everyone who has submitted an award nomination this year.

>> View the finalists for the 2019 State Awards here
Survey: National Volunteering Resource Hub
Volunteering Australia is delighted to announce they will be establishing a national Volunteering Resource Hub. The Resource Hub will be a centralised place where volunteer management professionals can go to for resources, tools and templates.

Have your say on what should be included in the Resource Hub by completing the survey below.

*You can also submit resources by emailing them to, sending them via WeTransfer, or uploading them to Dropbox.      

>> Take survey here
Survey: State Volunteering Strategy
The Victorian Government has a 2018 Election commitment to develop and implement a Volunteer Strategy to support and enhance volunteerism in Victoria.

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 is open on Engage Victoria until 31 May 2020

>> Find out more here
Survey: Volunteer Pro Benchmarking Study

If you lead volunteers or volunteer organizations, please add your voice to the fifth annual, global, “state-of- industry” survey for leaders of volunteers.

The deadline is November 21, 2019, and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

As a bonus, everyone who participates will get an invite to a FREE, exclusive webinar presented by VolunteerPro on January 9, 2020.

>> Take survey here

Research: Challenges and Current Practices for Volunteer Managers in the USA, Australia & Canada
This research study has provided evidence that volunteer managers have several challenges in their roles and require the support of their nonprofit organization to manage volunteers. Volunteer managers need to have resources, time and support from management to manage their volunteers and thereby contributing to the function of their organizations.

>> Read research here
Research: LOHVE Network Final Benchmarking Report
This annual benchmark has been carried out by the LOHVE Network for the past 7 years. Each March we open up a survey for the entire month as ask all working in health volunteer management to take the time to participate. 

This gathering of and reporting data about volunteer programs within the health sector has enabled the strengthening of this network while at the same time providing a story about the impact and trends of health volunteer programs. 

>> Read complete report here

Event: National Volunteering Conference 2020
When: 18 - 20 March
Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

The National Volunteering Conference is a biennial event for not-for-profit and government leaders, managers of volunteers, researchers, policy makers, and corporate social responsibility professionals to come together to advance volunteering, share knowledge, build networks and create change.

With the theme of ‘Diversity, Power, Purpose’, the National Volunteering Conference will challenge delegates to leverage the diversity of the volunteering sector and harness its power to address some of the most significant issues faced by the community.

>> Register here

Podcast: Volunteer Plain Talk
Designed for today's leaders of volunteers, Volunteer Plain Talk's Meridian Swift discusses volunteer engagement and impact in all its absurd glory.

Check it out – the first two episodes have already been released.

>> Listen to podcast here
Blog: Legal Issues & Virtual Volunteering
Jayne Craven’s recently published blog on Energise, which explores the legal issues with virtual volunteering. It’s a great read for those of you who are considering virtual volunteer programs and organisational responsibility.

>> Read blog here
Event: Win a Free Ticket!
When: 24- 25 February 2020
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is Australia’s largest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector.
Over two days and twenty-nine inspiring sessions, join five hundred team leaders and senior leaders, HR professionals and volunteer managers to explore the NFP sector’s most pressing people issues.

Don’t miss your chance to attend this unique event for FREE - enter the draw before 15 November 2019.

Winners will be drawn and notified after the competition closes, on Friday 22 November 2019

>> Enter competition here

Upcoming Submissions & Inquiries

As the primary link between the volunteering sector and federal government, Volunteering Australia provides consultation into key decision making and Volunteering Tasmania supports these efforts.

Upcoming inquiries and submissions relevant to the volunteering sector that are currently open:

         National Youth Commission
         No due date: Open and accepting submissions

         Australian Government
         No due date
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, and representative voice for volunteering.

Welcome new members this month:
Individual members:
  • Angela Anderson
  • Lana Le
  • Lara Kerr
Full members:
>> For more information, contact Kirsten Fullarton on 03 8327 8508 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

For more information, contact Kirsten Fullarton on 03 8327 8508 or
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