Volunteering Australia have provided a response to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017.

Volunteering Australia’s submission focuses on Schedule 1 and 2 of the Bill, which seek to enhance the residency criteria for the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension (DSP), and stop the payment of the pension supplement after six weeks overseas.

Volunteering Australia have provided a response to Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.

This submission focuses on Schedule 9 of the Bill, which is aimed at strengthening the employment focus of Mutual Obligations for job seekers aged 55 to 59 from 20 September 2018. Volunteering Australia is strongly opposed to the proposed amendment.

Volunteering Australia have launched three surveys to capture the value that Volunteering Support Services make to the Australian community. 

Volunteering Support Services are place-based organisations who provide the critical infrastructure required for safe, effective and sustainable volunteering. They are responsible for the promotion, resourcing and support of volunteering in local communities, by empowering people to volunteer and ensuring that their experience is positive and safe. Volunteering Support Services assist thousands of organisations in the community sector to recruit, retain and manage their volunteers.

Volunteering Australia have provided a response on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

The Bill was introduced by the Government to protect and prevent people with disability from experiencing poor quality, or unsafe supports or services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) will be held on 14-20 August 2017. The week promotes and celebrates student volunteering and will see a wide variety of events, activities, forums and awareness-raising campaigns led by higher education providers and schools nationwide. Events include volunteer expos, lunchtime panels, student volunteer of the year awards, blood drives, cupcake days, greening projects and video presentations!