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NSW Volunteering Strategy

The NSW Volunteering Strategy 2020-2030 PDF, 5041.37 KB sets out a ten year plan for the NSW volunteering sector. Volunteering enriches the lives of volunteers, strengthens local communities and benefits all of NSW.

Infographic explaining the strategy PDF, 476.54 KB.
Statistical snapshot as at January 2020 PDF, 499.84 KB.

Shaping your Strategy

Volunteers are vital to our State’s health, and prosperity. When one person volunteers, many more benefit. Volunteers feel happier, healthier and socially connected while communities become stronger, more resilient and inclusive.

The development of the Strategy was made possible by the participation of many in the volunteering community in NSW who shared their knowledge with us. Involved in its development were:

  • NSW peak body for volunteering, The Centre for Volunteering
  • NSW peak body for sport, Sport NSW
  • 1204 individuals who completed the online survey
  • 62 volunteer involving organisations and NSW Government agencies who participated in consultations

We would like to thank the sector, including peak bodies, individual volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and other NSW Government agencies, who all helped to develop this important strategy.

See the summary of consultations PDF, 455.28 KB held to develop the strategy.

Growing volunteering

The strategy focuses on supporting the sector to attract and retain volunteers. This will ensure all people in NSW can contribute to their communities through volunteering, including people of all ages, people with disability and people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Valuing volunteering

The strategy highlights the need to recognise the vital contributions of volunteers and the impact of volunteering. NSW volunteers contribute valuable skills, time and energy to the NSW economy. They help to deliver important services that address the government’s priorities.

Volunteers feel happier, healthier and socially connected, while helping make their communities stronger. Everyone benefits from a strong and vibrant volunteering sector.

Investing in the future of volunteering

We also aim to invest in research and technology to demonstrate the value of volunteering and support the sector to be resilient, responsive and innovative.

Staying on track

Under the strategy, we will set a clear plan every two years. We will remain accountable to the volunteering sector by publishing a Report Card for this period.

We will also conduct a thorough evaluation of this strategy at the 5 year mark and again at completion to ensure we achieve what we set out to do.

NSW Volunteering Strategy – Report Card

The Strategy articulates a vision for the NSW Volunteering Sector, and the initiatives implemented to date are a combination of ongoing commitments and new actions that are in progress. Every two years a Report Card detailing action and progress will be released.

The first Report Card spanning 2020 - 2021 and 2021 - 2022 PDF, 419.46 KB has been prepared, it is designed to give a concise status update on a range of initiatives that are mapped to the three focus areas of the Strategy.

The next Report Card update will be due in June 2024 and will cover the period 2022-23 and 2023-2024.

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Last updated: 18 Nov 2022