Timebanking is connecting communities.

Timebanking involves the creation of a social network of members who exchange services online at www.timebanking.com.au.

It allows members to earn time credits when volunteering their time to provide a service and then spend these time credits when receiving a service from another volunteer.

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello has announced that Timebanking is launching in 30 new communities across NSW in 2014.

Dominello launch


Timebanking helps build support networks in communities by increasing connections through the sharing of time, care, skills and knowledge.

The new Timebanking communities selected through a Registration of Interest process are:

Albury/Wodonga, Auburn, Bega, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Cumberland/Prospect, Eastern Beaches, Sydney, Fairfield, Foster/Tuncurry, Hawkesbury, Hurstville, Kempsey, Kiama, Lower North Shore, Macarthur, Nepean/Penrith, Northern Beaches, Rockdale, Ryde, Shellharbour, South Eastern Sydney, Sutherland, Sydney, Tamworth/North West, The Hills, Northern Rivers, Wagga Wagga, Walcha, West Wyalong, and Wollongong.

Timebanking logo

"More than 50 per cent of people in NSW will soon have access to Timebanking in their local community – enabling them to support one another, and earn a credit each time they do so," he said.
"Timebanking has been very successful in the Hunter and Central Coast trial sites, attracting 4,000 members, so I'm excited that so many more people in NSW will be able to get on board.

"Timebanking is a new concept in Australia and allows members to earn ‘time credits' for volunteering. They ‘bank' these time credits and redeem them later on a service of personal value, such as help around the home, support with shopping or getting your car washed.

"Timebanking provides this opportunity and helps communities to create more positive, supportive futures. It also gives strangers the permission to help strangers and through this to create new relationships and friendships in local communities.

"Like all local communities, those selected face different challenges and have their own unique strengths to draw on.

"That's why it makes sense for local organisations – who understand their own communities well – to have access to Timebanking to support recruitment of volunteers, and to reward them in a new flexible manner.

"When I became Minister I consulted widely on what people wanted to develop in the volunteer sector and they asked me to trial Timebanking. I listened and created a trial with the participation of people in the Hunter, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Central Coast regions and as a result 4,000 people exchanged 8,000 hours of support.

"I am delighted to see something grow from a ‘good idea' and rapidly develop into a force for positive recognition and support in so many communities. Volunteers in our State deserve it."

Timebanking involves the creation of a social network of members who exchange services online at www.timebanking.com.au.

To learn more about the opportunities Timebanking provides community members, volunteers, staff, organisations and local businesses contact volunteering@communities.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 8762 9825.

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