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Media Release by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

Funding boost for volunteers across Australia

Fifty Volunteer Resource Centres across Australia will have their funding significantly increased following an announcement from Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion today.

Under the expanded Volunteer Management Program $4.8 million in funding will be made available to Volunteer Resource Centres (VRC) from 1 July 2007 to increase the training, advice and volunteer management services they offer to volunteers and not-for-profit organisations.

Senator Scullion made the announcement in Alice Springs where the Australian Government is providing $53,083 to fund a new VMP funded Volunteer Resource Centre.

‘I am very pleased to be able to make this announcement as it is a massive increase in funding and recognition of the vital role volunteers play in the community,’ Senator Scullion said.

‘Volunteers in rural and remote areas will benefit as the funding boost will allow VRC’s to extend their reach and support volunteers in outback communities.

‘Changes to the VMP allow centres to increase support for groups such as corporate volunteers, culturally diverse volunteers, grey nomads, young people and Indigenous volunteers. The changes will also provide for increased training programs and greater support to not-for-profit organisations over wider locations.

‘As part of the expanded funding, VRCs will now submit one set of reporting documents to the Australian Government every six months.

‘Coupled with the new funding, this reduction in red tape will enable organisations to operate more efficiently and provide more training options to volunteers and volunteer managers.

‘These changes further assist volunteers across the country- just reward for selflessly dedicating their time in all spheres of our communities,’ Senator Scullion said.

June 7 Volunteer Resource Centre funding and location table
State Volunteer Resource Centre by State or Territory Suburb & Postcode Electorate Total VMP Funding 07/08
  NSW Volunteer Centres
NSW The Centre for Volunteering (Volunteering NSW) Sydney, 2000 Sydney $280,739.76
NSW Hunter Volunteer Centre Hamilton, 2303 Newcastle $141,083.19
NSW Wollongong City Council (Volunteering Illawarra) Wollongong, 2521 Cunningham $109,083.19
NSW New School of Arts Neighbourhood House (Valley Volunteer Agency) South Grafton, 2460 Page $86,083.19
NSW Bathurst Information & Neighbourhood Centre Bathurst, 2795 Calare $86,083.19
NSW Volunteering Central Coast Niagara Park, 2250 Dobell $60,000.00
NSW Liverpool City Council Liverpool, 2170 Werriwa $53,083.19
NSW Macarthur Community Forum (Volunteering Macarthur) Narellan, 2567 Macarthur $53,083.19
NSW Lismore Volunteer Referral Service Lismore, 2480 Page $53,083.19
NSW Volunteering Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour, 2450 Cowper $53,083.19
NSW Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre Port Macquarie, 2444 Lyne $53,083.19
NSW Tweed Training & Enterprise Co Ltd (Volunteering Tweed) Murwillumbah, 2484 Richmond $53,083.19
      Total funding NSW $1,081,571.66
  QLD Volunteer Centres
QLD Volunteering Queensland Brisbane, 4001 Brisbane $376,439.76
QLD Wide Bay Volunteer Resource Association Bundaberg, 4670 Hinkler $113,083.19
QLD Volunteering North Queensland Aitkenvale, 4184 Herbert $109,083.19
QLD FNQ Volunteers Cairns, 4870 Leichhardt $97,083.19
QLD Volunteering Gold Coast Surfers Paradise, 4217 Moncrieff $76,000.00
QLD Volunteering Sunshine Coast Maroochydore, 4558 Fisher $56,000.00
QLD Volunteering Logan River Valley Browns Plains, 4118 Rankin $56,000.00
      Total funding QLD $883,689.33
  SA Volunteer Centres
SA Volunteering SA Adelaide, 5000 Adelaide $222,439.76
SA Northern Volunteering SA Salisbury, 5108 Wakefield $129,083.19
SA Southern Volunteering SA Noarlunga Centre, 4168 Kingston $86,083.19
SA City of Port Augusta (Port Augusta & Region Volunteer Resource Centre) Port Augusta, 5700 Grey $53,083.19
SA Naracoorte Lucindale Council (Limestone Coast Volunteer Resource Centre) Naracoorte, 5271 Barker $53,083.19
      Total funding SA $543,772.52
  Tasmanian Volunteer Centres
TAS Volunteering Tasmania Inc (Hobart) Hobart, 7000 Denison $202,939.76
TAS Volunteering Tasmania Inc (Northern Office) Launceston, 7250 Bass $53,083.19
      Total funding TAS $256,022.95
  ACT and NT Volunteer Centres
ACT Volunteering ACT + Outreach Belconnen, 2617 Fraser $159,353.66
NT Volunteering Territory + Alice Springs Darwin, 0801 Solomon $147,353.66
    Alice Springs, 0877 Lingiari $53,083.19
      Total funding ACT & NT $359,790.51
  State Victorian Volunteer Centres
VIC Volunteering Victoria Melbourne, 3000 Melbourne $106,000.00
VIC Geelong Volunteer Resource Centre Geelong, 3220 Corio $97,083.19
VIC Monash Volunteer Resource Centre Glen Waverley, 3150 Chisholm $86,083.19
VIC Albury-Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau Wodonga, 3689 Farrer $86,083.19
VIC Wimmera Volunteers Horsham, 3400 Mallee $86,083.19
VIC Boroondara City Coundil (Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre) Camberwell, 3124 Higgins $53,083.19
VIC Eastern Volunteer Resource Centre Ringwood, 3134 Deakin $53,083.19
VIC Vision Australia (Ballarat Volunteer Resource Centre) Ballarat, 3350 Ballarat $53,083.19
VIC The Centre for Continuing Education Wangaratta, 3677 Indi $53,083.19
VIC Shire of Warrnambool (Volunteers@Warrnambool) Warrnambool, 3280 Wannon $53,083.19
VIC Bendigo Regional YMCA Youth Services (Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre) Bendigo Central, 3552 Bendigo $53,083.19
VIC North East Region Volunteer Resource Centres (Volunteers of Banyule) Watsonia North, 3087 Scullin $53,083.19
VIC Whittlesea Community Connections (Whittlesea Volunteer Resource Service) Epping, 3076 Scullin $53,083.19
VIC Volunteer West Footscray, 3011 Gellibrand $53,083.19
      Total funding VIC $939,081.47
  State WA Volunteer Centres
WA Volunteering WA West Perth, 6005 Curtin $227,439.76
WA Shire of Esperance (Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre) Esperance, 6450 Kalgoorlie $91,391.51
WA Peel Volunteer Resource Centre Mandurah, 6210 Brand $91,391.51
WA Centacare Family Services Geraldton, 6531 O’Connor $53,083.19
WA Volunteer South West Bunbury, 6230 Forrest $53,083.19
WA Kalgoorlie Boulder Volunteer Centre Kalgoorlie, 6433 Kalgoorlie $53,083.19
WA Albany Volunteer Centre Albany, 6330 O’Connor $53,083.19
      Total funding WA $622,555.54
Other Volunteering Australia Transition Funding     $200,000.00
TOTAL VMP funding 2007-08