Media Release by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Valuing our volunteers

Joint Media Release with:

  • Prime Minister, Minister for Community Services, Member for Robertson

The Australian Government today announced 4,800 not-for-profit volunteer organisations will receive $16 million as part of the Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative.

These grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are being delivered to recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make to Australian society.

These grants will help community organisations to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive.

More than 166,000 volunteers are set to benefit from this year’s grants.

The most commonly requested items for use by volunteer organisations are computers, fuel, and training courses.

Volunteer Grants are one way that the Government can say thank you for the selfless work and commitment of the nation’s volunteers.

The grants support volunteers who work in disadvantaged communities, assisting vulnerable people within our society, including Indigenous organisations.

Organisations such as the Country Women’s Association will use the grant to purchase kitchen equipment and marquees, which will help their volunteers organise events which build support networks in rural and remote communities.

Through these grants, volunteers are better equipped to assist those who are marginalised, disadvantaged or facing hardship remain connected to their community.

In Australia, more than six million people volunteer each year, accounting for over one-third of the population.