More than 18 agencies joined forces to thank Brisbane volunteers for their contribution to the aged care and disability sectors by organising Brisbane’s first Volunteer Leadership Forum.

The Volunteer Leadership Forum, held on Friday 25 August 2017 and hosted by Griffith University’s Southbank Campus, was a day of professional development training to build volunteer skills, meet others in similar roles, receive gifts and prizes of appreciation, and share in a delicious lunch. 

Volunteering Australia have provided a response to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs on the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised.

Volunteering Australia have made a number of recommendations, emphasizing the importance of supporting the volunteering workforce through the Aged Care Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework given their essential role in residential settings.

On the 1 August, Volunteering Queensland hosted a Volunteer Manager Network Meeting in Logan City. This informative gathering served to facilitate discussion and address a challenge that many volunteer managers face: Understanding how to engage volunteers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (CALD).

Volunteering Australia have provided a response to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017.

Volunteering Australia’s submission focuses on Schedule 1 and 2 of the Bill, which seek to enhance the residency criteria for the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension (DSP), and stop the payment of the pension supplement after six weeks overseas.

Volunteering Australia have provided a response to Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.

This submission focuses on Schedule 9 of the Bill, which is aimed at strengthening the employment focus of Mutual Obligations for job seekers aged 55 to 59 from 20 September 2018. Volunteering Australia is strongly opposed to the proposed amendment.