The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers to better recognise the work that volunteers do in our local community.

Richard Wynne MP today urged local community organisations and individuals to submit nominations.

Volunteers make an enormous contribution to our community and the broader economy.

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

Mr Wynne said that volunteering is an enormous benefit to the community, and gives people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to help someone else or to work for a cause.

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 up to $42 billion by 2021.

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne
“Volunteers play a valuable role in our community. Their selfless efforts hold so many of our local organisations and causes together.”

“Getting involved in volunteering is rewarding and helps others. This new Ministerial Advisory Committee will ensure we support our volunteers and recognise their work.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“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.”

Enquiries: Courtney Dalton, ph 9415 8901.