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NSW Volunteering Taskforce

The NSW Volunteering Taskforce is being established by the Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, in her capacity as Minister responsible for Volunteering. The Taskforce is being created as a key initiative under the Government’s NSW Volunteering Strategy 2020-2030.

This is an exciting opportunity to engage with and hear from the NSW Volunteering Sector, it is the first of its kind in NSW.

Role of the Taskforce

The NSW Volunteering Taskforce seeks to:

  • Identify and consider emerging trends, and priorities for action based on the needs, challenges and opportunities across the NSW Volunteering Sector.
  • Deliver a NSW Volunteering Taskforce Report, including recommendations for action.

Subject to the decisions of the Taskforce, the Taskforce may:

  • Invite written submissions from stakeholders across the NSW Volunteering Sector
  • Conduct online consultation surveys with the NSW Volunteering Sector
  • Conduct online forums or seek submissions, if required with the NSW Volunteering Sector.

Members of the Taskforce will be appointed by the Minister responsible for Volunteering, the Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC.

The Chair of the Taskforce is the Hon. Scott Farlow MLC.

There will be 13 members of the NSW Volunteering Taskforce, in addition to the Chair (14 in total).

The Taskforce will include a diverse mix of volunteers and volunteer involving organisations from across NSW.

Six Standing Members of the Taskforce are being directly appointed by the Minister. The remaining seven members will be identified through an online expression of interest process, see below.

The Taskforce will report to Minister Maclaren-Jones MCL in her capacity as Minister responsible for Volunteering. The NSW Volunteering Taskforce Report will be provided to the Minister in December 2022.

The Taskforce will have three (3) meetings, online via MS Teams and consider consultation findings out of session, as required.

Secretariat support for the Taskforce is being provided by the Department of Communities and Justice. The Secretariat can be contacted via email at

A copy of the NSW Volunteering Taskforce – draft Terms of Reference can be found here.

Membership Expression of Interest

The call for Expressions of Interest opened on 20 May, and closes at 5 pm on 3 June 2022.

Expressions of Interest are due by 5 pm on 3 June 2022, no late applications will be accepted.

All applicants will be considered based on merit.

All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome (via email).

Seven (7) members of the Taskforce will be identified through this expression of interest process. The membership places being filled through this process are:

  • Aboriginal volunteer or Aboriginal volunteer involving organisation
  • Three (3) volunteer involving organisations from metropolitan locations with diverse lived experience (Sydney and Greater Sydney)
  • Three (3) volunteer involving organisations from rural and regional locations across NSW with diverse lived experience.

To apply for one of these seven membership places on the Taskforce, click the button below to access the online form. The Department is using its secure online SmartyGrants platform to support the Expression of Interest process.

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NSW Volunteering Taskforce - Consultations

The Taskforce will post further information regarding its consultation mechanisms and opportunities to have input into the Taskforce’s Report.

Links to online processes and further information will be provided. Please return here in the coming weeks.

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Last updated: 02 Jun 2022