Media Releases by Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens

Ursula Stephens opens Vision 2020 Australia forum

The, Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens, today opened the National Member Forum of Vision 2020 Australia. Her opening address confirmed the commitment of the Australian Government to work collaboratively with the third sector to build a fairer and more inclusive… Continue reading

More mentors to help include people with mental illness

The Australian Government is providing the Richmond Fellowship nearly $4 million to establish three Personal Helpers and Mentors services across Queanbeyan/Yass, Southern Highlands/Crookwell/Goulburn and Belconnen/Gungahlin. Senator Ursula Stephens, today launched the services at the Richmond Fellowship in Goulburn. Dr Stephens… Continue reading

National compact takes a great leap forward

Development of the national compact between the third sector and the government has made a great leap forward following today’s national compact workshop. Over 70 non profit sector leaders and government representatives gathered in Canberra to debate and finalise the… Continue reading

$10.3 million boost for volunteering

Fifty Volunteer Resource Centres around Australia will benefit from $10.3 million in Australian Government funding to support a skilled, well-trained and well-resourced volunteer workforce. Celebrating National Volunteer Week, the Minister for Community Services, Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Social… Continue reading

Launch of National Volunteer Week 2009

Senator Ursula Stephens this evening launched National Volunteer Week 2009 – Everyday people, extraordinary contribution, at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club. This year’s theme recognises the invaluable contribution of Australia’s 5 million volunteers to the richness and diversity of… Continue reading

Celebrating Governance Best Practice in the Third Sector

Best practice governance is vital to a strong respected third sector, said Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Stephens at tonight’s Transparency Awards ceremony. The Transparency Awards were initiated by PricewaterhouseCoopers to recognise the quality and… Continue reading

Economic downturn an opportunity for Third Sector Reform

Senator Ursula Stephens, today reinforced the Government’s commitment to supporting Third Sector organisations during the economic downturn. Speaking in Brisbane at the Modernising Charity Law Conference organised by the Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Philanthropy and Non Profit Studies,… Continue reading

Community Response Task Force Meeting

The first meeting of the Community Response Task Force was held today in Melbourne, providing the non-profit sector with an opportunity to discuss the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on vulnerable Australians with the Rudd Government.The Community Response Task… Continue reading