Media Release by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Celebrating our volunteers’ achievements

Today marks International Volunteer Day, an opportunity for Australians to recognise the selfless contribution of our volunteers.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins, today congratulated the more than 200,000 Australians who give their time, energy and expertise to volunteering each day.

“International Volunteer Day, held every year on 5 December, is a chance to thank volunteers for the significant social and economic contribution they make to Australian society,” Ms Collins said.

“Australia’s volunteers contribute approximately $14.6 billion to the not-for-profit sector each year, and the Gillard Government is firmly committed to supporting their critical work.

“More than 4,600 community organisations across Australia shared in $16 million worth of Volunteer Grants this year, in recognition of volunteers’ vital contribution to our community.

“Over the past year, Australian volunteers have given so much of their time and energy to help people affected by natural disasters in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.

“They are working in our Emergency Relief organisations, Lions clubs and emergency services.

“To help give back to our community’s tireless volunteers, this year’s volunteer grants were targeted specifically towards organisations that helped disadvantaged individuals, families and communities, particularly those affected by recent natural disasters.

“The Gillard Government’s thanks all volunteers for their selfless work and commitment to making our communities stronger,” Ms Collins said.

To find out more about Volunteer Grants 2011 visit or call 1800 183 374.