The Voice of Australia's Volunteers
6.4 million Volunteers

Invitation to Membership

By Volunteers For Volunteers

6.4 million Volunteers Need Our Own Voice

On 3 June 2013, a national voice for Australia's volunteers and volunteer-driven not-for-profits was formed in Adelaide. It is an incorporated association.

There are 6.4 million volunteers in Australia. These volunteers are unrepresented and without a voice in the public arena. When governments consult about volunteering in Australia, they talk only to organisations that use volunteers, not to volunteers themselves. This pattern has been entrenched for several decades.

But now we have a voice. We invite your membership of The Voice of Australia's Volunteers in one of two categories:

  • Individuals who volunteer, without payment, for the betterment of Australian society.

    Annual membership fee: $5*

  • Circles of any nine volunteers who decide to form a circle and register it with the association.

    Annual membership fee:
    $18 for each group of 9 members

* This fee is waived for members of Civil Society Australia.

Join up using this
online form.

Our Objects

The objects of
The Voice of Australia's Volunteers are to:

  • Represent and promote the interests of Australia’s volunteers.
  • Provide a public voice for volunteering, and use that voice to communicate with government, the media and other stakeholders.
  • Enable individual volunteers to innovate for the wellbeing of society.
  • Be a sounding board for the concerns of volunteers.
  • Facilitate a national insurance plan for volunteers to cover those not currently affiliated with groups which have insurance.
  • Raise public interest and awareness of relevant issues.
  • Encourage individuals and groups to join together and network.
  • Recognize volunteer contributions to Australia’s triple bottom line.
  • Promote new areas of volunteering.

Our Networking Structure

We aim to have a circle of nine volunteers providing voice and representation in the following activities/ places, and in any other areas where volunteers are active:

  • Emergency services units/brigades – a circle in each unit/brigade
  • Op shops – a circle in each shop
  • Hospitals - a circle in each hospital or health centre
  • Bushland reserves, national parks – a circle in each reserve or park
  • Older people/ageing – a circle in each program, centre
  • Disabilities – a circle in each project or support initiative
  • Schools/kindergartens - a circle of parent volunteers in each school/kindergarten

Our Voting Structure

  • Individual members: one vote.

  • Circles: one vote for the circle.

Our structure aims to encourage small group networks amongst volunteers and voluntary contributors to society in all walks of life.

Our President

President Fuzzy Trojan, Adelaide SA
Mentor and advocate for volunteers; former ‘golden guru’ with Volunteering SA and NT; social innovator and author. [photo, right]

Join up using this online form.

Voice and Representation

Join up using this online form.

Please indicate on the membership form your areas of voluntary activity, and ways in which you would like to participate in this Voice.

Read A Voice for Volunteers by Fuzzy Trojan, an address delivered in Melbourne in February 2013.



Fuzzy Trojan
0419 901 133

Vern Hughes
0425 722 890


Unsubscribe:  If you no longer wish to receive messages from us, simply reply to this email with 'unsubscribe' in the text or subject line.