2 September 2022

The NSW Government is calling for volunteers across the state to have their say as part of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones established the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce to identify emerging trends, issues and opportunities across the sector to support and grow volunteering.

“The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce is looking at the future of volunteering and I hope this consultation period will bring in as many voices as possible to help shape the future of the sector,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“We deeply value the efforts of our volunteers and their incredible spirit of service. Every day across our state volunteers work selflessly to contribute to the community and support others. We want to make sure they are well-supported, recognised and empowered.”

Chair of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce the Hon. Scott Farlow MLC is calling for all areas of the volunteer sector to take part in the consultation process.

“Hearing from the sector is vital. From volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations to businesses that work with the volunteering sector, researchers and academics, we want to ensure all volunteers are heard,” Mr Farlow said.

“The consultation process will contribute to the Taskforce’s report that will examine a range of topics including volunteer recruitment, retention, research, recognition and supporting our volunteers.”

The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce consultation phase opens on 2 September and will run until 5pm on 30 September.

To provide an online submission please visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/nsw-volunteering-taskforce- external sitelaunch