Volunteers play a crucial part in the support and running of community organisations. About 700,000 non-profit organisations operate in Australia, of which about 35,000 employ staff. The remainder are mostly small organisations entirely dependent on the voluntary commitment of members. The management and development of volunteers and volunteering is key to the sustainability of a skilled and involved volunteer workforce.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics produced an overview of Voluntary Work in Australia in 2010, which gives a snapshot of the importance of voluntary work to national life. In 2010: 

  • 36.2% of people aged 18 years and over participated in formal volunteering (6.1 million people). 
  • 20% of people aged 18 years and over provided care to someone with a disability, long-term illness or problems associated with old age.
  • 49% of people provided informal assistance to people not living in the same household.
  • The total value of volunteering to the Australian economy was estimated at AU$200 Billion

While volunteering has a substantial positive impact on society as a whole, it also provides significant benefits to the volunteers themselves. Some of these personal benefits include learning new skills, meeting new people and developing confidence. 

Volunteering Queensland is the peak body for volunteering in Queensland. Along with a wealth of publications and research, they maintain a database for linking volunteers and volunteer opportunities. 

Other useful links for volunteer managers include:

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Queensland Government media release Queensland volunteers make a world of difference by supporting their communities to thrive – from assisting the vulnerable to helping recovery efforts after natural disasters. This week, Queenslanders are being encouraged to celebrate volunteers and the...
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Would you like funding to support your National Volunteer Week event? The inaugural National Volunteer Week Small Grants Initiative provides an opportunity for Queensland volunteer-involving organisations to participate in National Volunteer Week 2019 (20-26 May). The initiative is managed by...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland is home to more than 700,000 active volunteers, each playing their part in making the state’s thriving communities more resilient and vibrant places to live. Today (5 December) is International Volunteer Day, an opportunity for Queenslanders to...
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The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply for funding to support volunteers under the Volunteer Grants Activity. Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia's volunteers. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community...
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Queensland Government media release Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford has urged Queenslanders to celebrate the efforts of volunteers who ensure the safety of communities right across the state. Mr Crawford said like all Queenslanders, he was in awe of the “ordinary people,...
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National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers. From 21-27 May 2018, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebrations will...
Blue card services has announced a new online form which allows applicants to click through to complete. The new form is part of a commitment by Blue Card Services to streamline the application process. The form has built-in smarts to make sure all the information required is provided on the first...
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Volunteering Queensland offers accredited training for volunteer managers with a Certificate IV in Coordination of volunteer programs. The qualification is appropriate for workers who are responsible for the coordination of volunteers within a program or organisation. Volunteer coordinators provide...
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The 2018 Queensland Volunteering Awards are now open for nominations. These awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations, and promote the importance of volunteering. This year alone 980,000 individual...
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International Volunteer Day is celebrated worldwide, on 5 December, to recognise the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world. Estimates suggest that there are a billion people in the world who volunteer each year and those numbers rise when tragedy strikes. In Queensland, alone, more...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) is a national network of community development services, that aim to assist the hundreds of not-for-profit and charitable organisations with the recruitment and management of volunteers. It is a member-based organisation committed to community engagement and...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
A Blue Card Services online learning portal has been launched. The portal contains 10 videos which provide an overview of the legal requirement for organisations to develop a child and youth risk management strategy. View these resources on the Blue Card Services website .
Industrial relations legislation in Queensland can be found on the Fair Work Commission's website . The main pieces of legislation are: Fair Work Act 2009 Fair Work Regulations 2009 Fair Work Commission Rules 2013
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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