NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture. This year’s theme is: VOICE TREATY TRUTH and organisers of this year’s NAIDOC Week have issued an invitation to the community: “Lets work together for a shared future”.

Sawasdee! (Hello in Thai). The 16th IAVE Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference and Youth Volunteer Conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 - 15 November 2019.

This 5-day event is hosted by the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) in collaboration with Volunteer Spirit Network which is a national platform of volunteering promotion in Thailand. The conference aims to bring together civil society, government sectors, corporates, NGOs and academia to uncover values that need to be in place for volunteering to be valuable, sustainable and beneficial to the volunteers, organisations and wider community.

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) and Volunteering Australia have today released their report, ‘Volunteering and Settlement in Australia’, with a snapshot of the volunteering activities of new migrants and refugees in Australia.

In the settlement sector, 65 per cent of new arrivals to Australia volunteered within the first 18 months of their arrival to Australia, to contribute to society, make friends, improve their English or gain local work experience.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a National Volunteer Week Small Grants application.

We received 191 excellent applications and would like to thank all volunteer-involving organisations that applied. Volunteering Queensland acknowledges the inspiring and impactful work done by each organisation and volunteer. We wish we could have funded each application.