The Australian Government has recently discontinued direct funding for the core business of Volunteer Support Organisations (VSOs) from the 2021-22 financial year.
VSOs had until now received funding through the Volunteer Management Activity (VMA) to provide services to volunteers, leaders of volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations and other important stakeholders and networks in the area.
This decision will impact the capacity of VSOs to serve their communities and the geographic coverage of which communities benefit from these services.
What are we doing right now?
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.
We propose the Government takes the initiative in the upcoming Victorian State Budget 2021-22 to invest in existing Volunteer Support Services and expand their capacity and coverage.Read our submission
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29 January 2021
8 February 2021