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NSW Volunteering Taskforce

NSW Volunteering Taskforce - Consultation

Online submissions now open!

The NSW Volunteering Taskforce is inviting online written submissions from stakeholders across the NSW Volunteering Sector.

The Taskforce is consulting with the NSW Volunteering Sector to identify emerging trends, issues, and opportunities across the sector. Responses from the sector will shape the NSW Volunteering Taskforce Report with recommendations for action.

The Taskforce encourages you to have your say, so that we can work together to ensure the NSW Volunteering Sector is as best and vibrant as it can be.

Who should provide an online submission?

The Taskforce is seeking submissions from:

  • Volunteers in NSW
  • Volunteer involving organisations operating in NSW
  • Businesses and other entities that work with volunteer involving organisations in NSW
  • Researchers and academics with an interest in volunteering.

If you are a representative of a community based organisation, Local Council, or Government agency that is operating in NSW and relies on the efforts of volunteers, then the Taskforce would like to hear from you.

If you are a volunteer making a contribution in NSW, either formally with an organisation, or informally in your community, the Taskforce would like to hear from you.

The Taskforce is hoping to hear from as many voices as possible, from across the sector in NSW, so please take this opportunity to have your say on a wide range of topics.

Lodge an online submission

Online submissions are lodged via the Department of Communities and Justice’s SmartyGrants platform, which is a secure and user-friendly system. To lodge a submission, or to preview the submission form, click on the button below and register as a user following the prompts (if you do not already have a SmartyGrants account).

Submissions must be lodged online via SmartyGrants by 5:00pm on Friday, 30 September 2022. The SmartyGrants system automatically shuts off at 5:00pm on that day.

Submissions are now OPEN

Email all enquiries to the Secretariat of the NSW Volunteering Taskforce at nswvolunteeringtaskforce@facs.nsw.gov.au

Overview

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 NSWVolunteeringTaskforce@facs.nsw.gov.au

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

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Last updated: 16 Sep 2022