The Volunteer Management Activity is designed to increase opportunities for people to participate in the social and economic life of their broader community through volunteering.
Through the Volunteer Management Activity, the Australian Government Department of Social Services funds peak bodies to:
1. Break down barriers to volunteering for government identified priority groups:
- People with disability;
- First Nations Peoples;
- Newly arrived migrants;
- Vulnerable women;
- Young people aged 12-18;
- People who are unemployed.
2. Deliver online services to build the capacity of volunteer-involving organisations including:
- Best practice recruitment and training of volunteers;
- Best practice strategies for supporting and retaining volunteers;
- Best practice volunteer management;
- Provision of information, tools, training and resources including regulatory obligations and risk management.
Volunteering Victoria offered funding to the sector for four-year grants to break down barriers for the priority groups. The successful consortiums are listed below.
If you are looking to build capacity of an organisation that involves volunteers in this work or for face-to-face assistance in breaking down barriers in any or all of the identified priority groups, contact the consortium that covers your area today.
A great range of free resources and online training sessions can be found on the Volunteering Victoria website. You can also learn more by contacting us on (03) 9052 4524 or via email ([email protected]).
Barwon South West
Consortium Lead: Volunteering Geelong
Local Government Areas: Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Warnambool, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Glenelg
Contact: Helen Hunter – Chief Executive Officer
(03) 5221 1377
Consortium Lead: EV Strengthening Communities
Local Government Areas: Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges Shire
Contact: Dr Shona Bass – Manager, Community and Economic Engagement Services
0433 591 086
Consortium Lead: GippSport
Local Government Areas: South Gippsland, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe, Wellington, East Gippsland
Contact: Karen Ferguson – Community Sport Development Officer
0477 692 929
Consortium Lead: Ballarat Foundation
Local Government Areas: Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Yarriambiak, Horsham, Ararat, Pyrenes, Golden Plains, Ballarat, Hepburn and Moorabool
Contact: Lisa Hall – Volunteer Co-ordinator
(03) 5331 5555
Consortium Lead: Volunteering Geelong
Local Government Areas: Moira, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Mansfield, Benalla, Wangaratta, Indigo, Wodonga, Alpine and Towong
Contact: Sharon Pellas – Operations Manager
(02) 6021 0990
Consortium Lead: Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre
Local Government Areas: Mildura, Swan Valley, Campaspe, Buloke, Gannawarra, Loddon, Bendigo, Central Goldfields, Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges
Contact: Helen Yorston – Manager
(03) 5441 1404
North West Metro
Consortium Lead: Volunteer West (a division of Australian Multicultural Community Services)
Local Government Areas: Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maryibrynong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra
Contact: Jack Fawcett – Project Officer
1800 123 865
Consortium Lead: South East Volunteers
Local Government Areas: Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankson, French Island, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and Stonnington
Contact: Lisa Hester – VMA Project Coordinator
0410 481 866
Year 1 highlights
Read more on the sector highlights from the first year of the Volunteer Management Activity 2022-26 program in Victoria.
Read more about the redesign of the Volunteer Management Activity and the changes in the delivery of volunteer management services.