Last week in budget estimates the Department of Social Services said they are currently experiencing problems with the proposed changes to the funding of volunteer support organisations, and have placed on record that they are reconsidering their proposal to remove their dedicated funding stream.
Volunteering organisations are worried that if the redesign of the Strengthening and Communities stream goes ahead, many regional volunteer support centres would be forced to close if they lose funding.
As a result vital community organisations would not receive the support they need to manage and recruit their volunteers. These organisations already do everything- from the delivery of meals on wheels, environmental rehabilitation, animal welfare, sports coaching and more. Therefore it is critical that they are supported in this role and that the Turnbull Government reconsider the redesign.
In Tasmania, 4 in 5 people give time, unpaid to the community donating over 7.1 million hours. This has a huge social, cultural and economic value to Tasmania with a cost benefit analysis generating $4.9 billion per annum. (Volunteering Tasmania)
“We need to support the people who support our community.” Brian Mitchell MP said.
“I implore the Government to drop these changes and give the sector the certainty they need.”