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Budget 2009: $10.3 million boost for volunteering.

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Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Media Release

$10.3 million boost for volunteering


Joint Media Release with Senator Ursula Stephens, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector

Fifty Volunteer Resource Centres around Australia will benefit from $10.3 million in Australian Government funding to support a skilled, well-trained and well-resourced volunteer workforce.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week, the Minister for Community Services, Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Ursula Stephens, said this funding will provide support to the Volunteer Resource Centres over the next two years.

The funding will help enhance skills, training and resources in the volunteer sector and improve the capacity of the non-profit sector to deliver training to our volunteers.

National Volunteers Week is a chance for Australians to thank our volunteers for the significant contribution they make to this country.

They are the people who protect our homes when summer bushfires rage, deliver meals on wheels, raise money for local causes and organise local sports and youth groups.

They also play a pivotal role in linking volunteers with organisations and are a key part in the success of Australia's voluntary sector.

This investment will enable Volunteer Resource Centres to expand their important work.

Nationally, more than five million people volunteer their time to a range of organisations.

Volunteering makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy and has an estimated value of around $42 billion annually.

Volunteer Resource Centre State

Funding to 30 June 2011

Volunteering ACT Inc ACT $332,007

The Centre for Volunteering - Volunteering NSW - Sydney NSW $574,779

NORTEC Employment and Training Ltd â€" Tweed Heads NSW $119,466

Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre Inc NSW $185,466

Wollongong City Council NSW $231,466

Hunter Volunteer Centre Inc - Newcastle NSW $295,466

New School of Arts Neighbourhood House Inc â€" South Grafton NSW $185,466

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Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre Inc. NSW $119,466

Liverpool Volunteer Resource Centre NSW $119,466

Volunteering Coffs Harbour Inc NSW $119,466

Volunteering Central Coast Inc. NSW $133,300

Sector Connect â€" Macarthur NSW $129,466

Lismore Neighbourhood Centre Inc NSW $129,466

Volunteering Queensland Inc - Brisbane QLD $766,179

Volunteering North Queensland Inc QLD $231,466

Far North Queensland Volunteers Inc QLD $207,466

Wide Bay Volunteer Resource Association Inc - Bundaberg QLD $239,466

Volunteering Gold Coast Inc QLD $165,300

Volunteering Sunshine Coast Inc QLD $125,300

Volunteering Logan River Valley Inc QLD $125,300

Volunteering SA and NT Inc - Adelaide SA $458,179

Northern Volunteering SA Inc â€" Salisbury SA $271,466

Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc - Noarlunga SA $185,466

Limestone Coast Volunteer Resource Centre - Naracoorte SA $119,466

Volunteering SA and NT Inc - Port Augusta SA $119,466

Volunteering SA and NT Inc - Darwin NT $308,007

Volunteering SA and NT Inc- Alice Springs NT $119,466

Volunteering Tasmania Inc - Southern Region - Hobart TAS $419,179

Volunteering Tasmania Inc - Northern Office - Burnie TAS $119,466

Volunteering Victoria - Melbourne VIC $431,300

Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau Inc VIC $185,466

The Geelong Volunteer Resource Centre Inc VIC $207,466

Wimmera Volunteers Inc VIC $185,466

Monash Volunteer Resource Centre Inc VIC $185,466

Bendigo Regional YMCA Youth Services Inc VIC $119,466

Warrnambool City Council VIC $119,466

The Centre for Continuing Education Inc - Wangaratta VIC $119,466

City of Boroondara VIC $119,466

Vision Australia (Ballarat Volunteer Resource Centre) VIC $119,466

North East Volunteer Resource Centres Inc - Heidelberg VIC $119,466

Eastern Volunteer Resource Centre Inc - Ringwood VIC $119,466

Volunteer West Incorporated - Footscray VIC $119,466

Whittlesea Community Connections Inc VIC $119,466

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The Volunteer Centre of Western Australia - Perth WA $468,179

Peel Volunteer Referral Agency Inc WA $196,083

Shire of Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre WA $196,083

Kalgoorlie Boulder Volunteer Centre Inc WA $119,466

Albany & Regional Volunteer Service Inc WA $119,466

Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton - Centacare WA $119,466

Volunteer South West Inc - Bunbury WA $119,466

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