Briefing to Incoming Minister Brooks
On behalf of the team and members of Volunteering Victoria, we congratulate Hon Colin Brooks on his appointment to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers. This portfolio presents opportunities to support and advocate for a strong, vibrant, and active volunteering sector in Victoria.
Submission to the Emergency Management Victoria Operating Model Review
This submission conveys strong support for the proposals listed, provided there are the resourced means for change. That is, EMV needs to be explicit in its resource commitment to volunteering, whereby there is increased visibility and investment in volunteer-involving strategies, roles and delegations.
Submission to the Anti-racism Taskforce: Anti-racism Strategy Consultation
As the peak body for volunteering representing hundreds of members and tens of thousands of volunteers around the state, Volunteering Victoria welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this important discussion and highlight the opportunity for anti-racism advocacy and responses in the volunteering sector.
Submission to SV2030: A Decade of Action
Sustainability Victoria’s vision and strategy for the coming decade – SV2030 inherently involves individuals and communities volunteering their time for collective action in sustainability groups, programs, and activities. Yet, SV2030 does not overtly mention the role of volunteering or the invaluable contribution of volunteers that clearly aligns with its strategic aims and focus areas.
Submission to the Consultation for Senior Secondary Reform
The Senior Secondary Reform presents our state with an important opportunity to improve educational outcomes for students. Furthermore, it provides us with the chance to strengthen our communities by encouraging and normalising active community participation in the formative years of development and learning.
Submission to the Victoria Early Childhood Workforce Strategy: Working Together to Build Victoria’s Early Childhood Education Workforce
This submission to the Strategy highlights the need for a greater understanding of the role volunteers play in the sector, the value of their current involvement, and the potential contribution that volunteering can make to meeting the Strategy’s aims of attracting and retaining a quality Early Childhood education workforce.
Submission to Active Victoria: A Framework for Sport and Recreation in Victoria
Volunteering is critical to sport and recreation, and its partner sectors. Sport and recreation organisations and services would not be viable without the contribution of volunteers. Victorians volunteer for sports and recreation more than for any other activity, making it the largest volunteer base across all sectors.
Submission to the Victorian Government: Disability Plan 2021-2025 Consultation
The current State disability plan for 2017-2020 titled “Absolutely Everyone” (the Current State Disability Plan), apart from one point, does not specifically reference volunteering. This is despite the significant and critical role that volunteering plays in the disability sector, in the workforce that supports disability services and indeed in the lives of people with disability across all sectors of the community.
Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
This Position Paper seeks to bring into focus the elements of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System which relates to volunteering, so that the Victorian Government can incorporate the following ideas in its response to the Commission.
Strengthening Victorian Volunteer Support Services
We have written to the Hon Luke Donnellan (Minister for Child Protection, Disability, Ageing and Carers) and Anthony Carbines (Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers) with our proposal for the Victorian Government to invest in a sophisticated place-based partnership model to reinvigorate and sustain this important infrastructure into the future.
Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy 2021
We believe there is an opportunity through the development of the Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy to take a further systemic and strategic approach to improve LGBTIQ+ inclusion in our communities, by building greater capacity for inclusive volunteering in our sector.
Worker Screening Regulations 2020
We call on the Government to exempt volunteers in the disability sector from the costs of screening checks as is currently, and will continue to be, the case with volunteers who work with children.
Victorian Government COVID submission 2020
We welcome the opportunity to submit to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) on the Victorian Government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic.