The Voice of Volunteering January 2015: Professional development, Volunteering News; Networking Events
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The Centre for Volunteering

The Voice of Volunteering
January 2016

CEO's Message

Happy New Year!

The New Year always brings with it a renewed energy and sense of purpose, especially when we see a fresh flow of people interested in volunteering.

This makes us more determined to be an effective advocate for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. As such, we've been preparing a submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's (IPART) draft report "More efficient, More Integrated Opal Fares", released 21 December 2015. 

Our key concern is IPART's proposal to tighten eligibility requirements for the Gold Opal Card and the impact this would have on the volunteering sector if it was adopted by the NSW Government. 

In short, these changes would see the cost of travel of public transport for self-funded retirees increase from the current daily rate of $2.50 to a maximum daily rate of $9.00 on 1 July this year (increasing to $10 in 2018).

For more details you can read our initial position on our website. 

I would also like to congratulate our Board director, Joy Woodhouse OAM and Lynne Dalton OAM, former CEO of The Centre on their inclusion on the Australia Day Honours List. Both were recognised for their contribution to volunteering and we're glad to see it acknowledged on such a platform.



The Centre is launching its professional development series with its sell out workshop Recruit and Retain volunteers on Wednesday, 24 February 2016.  Just like major companies strive to be an employer of choice, so too should volunteer-involving organisations.  So start 2016 by refreshing and reviewing your recruitment and retention strategy.
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Highlights from

Smart and Skilled qualifications via the Centre for Volunteering

Smart & Skilled subsidised qualifications now available

The Centre now can offer subsidised Certificate III and Certificate IV programs to those who meet eligibility requirements.

Certificate III is aimed at volunteers and those managing small groups, Certificate IV for volunteer managers.
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Working With Children Check

Be aware of WWCC changes

By 31 March 2015 if your volunteer organisation provides activities or programs that meet the 'child-related' work definition in Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 and the Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) make sure you comply with the rules!
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Don't Forget

Upcoming Member Events

The first member event will take place on Thursday, February 25 and will be the second part to the series Innovation in Volunteer Management.

First in best dressed, make sure to reserve your spot today!

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