Leading Volunteers Urged To Nominate For New Council

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers and today called for nominations.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos have called on peak organisations, representatives from corporations with volunteering programs and individual volunteers in Victoria to nominate.

Volunteers make an enormous contribution to Victorian communities and the broader economy.

The Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers will advise the Government on how best to support and strengthen the volunteer sector and oversee a broader program of volunteer recognition.

Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams will chair the new council, which will meet quarterly.

Members will comprise Government appointees and nominees from the volunteering community.

Membership of the council will be finalised and announced later this year.

The 2012 Economic Value of Volunteering in Victoria report showed volunteering contributions were worth about $23 billion to the Victorian economy in 2011, estimated to grow to up to $42 billion by 2021.

To nominate or find out more visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/volunteers-council

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We couldn’t have the Victoria we have today without the thousands of volunteers who selflessly contribute to our community – the Ministerial Advisory Council will help us support these wonderful people.”

“Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and has widespread benefits. It makes our communities more active, confident and resilient.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“We believe there is no one better to help the Andrews Labor Government support volunteers than the leaders who know this important community and the challenges they face so well.”

“The Ministerial Council for Volunteers will make sure the contributions of volunteers are taken seriously and Victorians who give their time to help the community will receive the recognition they deserve.”

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