Ministerial Council for Volunteers

David Rowlands

The Ministerial Council for Volunteers (the Council) has been established to advise the Government on how best to support and strengthen the volunteer sector.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Volunteers, Ms Gabrielle Williams MP, is Chair of the Council.

The Council will provide high-level, independent advice to government, through the Minister for Families & Children, about issues affecting volunteering in Victoria and inform a coordinated, whole-of-sector approach to supporting and strengthening the volunteer sector.

Council membership

Membership of the Council reflects the diversity of volunteers in Victoria and members were appointed for their breadth of experience covering a wide range of volunteering perspectives.

Council updates

Strategic priorities for volunteers

On Friday 16 June 2017, the Council’s Strategic Priorities for Volunteers were announced by the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos MP, at the Council’s Leadership in Volunteering Forum.

Informed by the Council’s Leadership in Volunteering Survey and Volunteers in Victoria report, the strategic priorities identify four areas of focus for the Council’s advice to government:

  • The repositioning and valuing of volunteering
  • Supporting leaders and managers of volunteers
  • Enhanced collaboration across the sector and government
  • The use of social media and technology

Detailed policy proposals and implementation plans will be presented to government by the end of 2017. This will be informed by further research, consultation and trials of low cost initiatives to build an evidence base for the proposals.

Volunteers in Victoria report

The Council’s Volunteers in Victoria report was developed to provide a contemporary narrative for volunteering and a summary of the known social benefits, economic value and current trends.

Findings from this report highlight key trends, challenges and opportunities for volunteering, and have informed the development of strategic priorities to strengthen and support the volunteer sector in Victoria.

Leadership in volunteering survey

In December 2016, the Council invited all Leaders of Volunteers to contribute to the development of the Council’s advice on strengthening leadership in volunteering across Victoria.

Leadership in volunteering forum

The Council’s Leadership in Volunteering Forum was held on 16 June 2017 at the RACV City Club in Melbourne. Over 200 leaders and managers of volunteers attended from across the state and spoke directly with Council members.

Feedback provided by forum participants will be collated into a report for the Council, and will inform the Council’s advice to government on supporting leaders and managers of volunteers. 

Stay tuned for further updates.

Council meetings

At the November meeting, members reflected on the Council's first year of operation and continued work on the Council's major reports.

Council's August meeting further refined the scope of its major reports and endorsed a new terms of reference.

The Council met for the third time on 20 May 2016 to consider its inaugural work plan.



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Ministerial Council for Volunteers Secretariat