Forum 2020

Volunteering Victoria held its 2020 AGM on Monday 19 October.

The event, held via Zoom, was well attended by a large number of Volunteering Victoria members and supporters.


Volunteering Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian Government, launched the first State of Volunteering in Victoria report.

The Report is a flagship initiative of the Victorian Volunteering Strategy underway by the Victorian Government. More about the strategy can be found here.

The State of Volunteering in Victoria is a research report which documents the value of volunteering to Victoria. The research also maps out the state of volunteering before the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the early stages of the pandemic.

Leaders of volunteers will benefit from the research findings, which covers the barriers and motivations of volunteers and the broader management practices of the volunteer sector.

More about the State of Volunteering Report can be found here.

Launch & Panel Discussion:

The online event was opened with introductory remarks by Chief Executive of Volunteering Victoria, Scott Miller. Followed by a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson. The official State of Volunteering Report was launched by the Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, Anthony Carbines.

Paul Muller from the Institute of Project Management presented the State of Volunteering Report findings and opened for questions from the viewers.

The event concluded with a robust panel discussion. The panelists reflected on the Report’s research findings, their implications on the sector and explored possibilities moving forward at this critical juncture for our State.


  • Kylee Bates
    Ardoch CEO + International Association for Volunteer Effort
  • Sasha Earle
    Senior Manager Volunteer Services, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Tracey O’Neill
    Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Austin Health
  • Nicola Young
    Director Inclusive Communities, Children, Families, Communities and Disability, Department of Health and Human Services

The event also included a musical performance by #distancebetweenus performers from Multicultural Arts Victoria.