Volunteering WA congratulates new WA Government

MEDIA RELEASE – 13 MARCH 2017

VOLUNTEERING WA (VWA) offers its congratulations to Mark McGowan on his party’s election victory on Saturday evening.

Prior to the election, the now Premier-designate of Western Australia committed to the establishment of a Volunteering Community Reference Group to advise the Minister for Volunteering. This Reference Group would prioritise several of Volunteering WA’s election asks, such as longer service agreements and a volunteer ‘portability’ program.

Mr McGowan also committed to exploring IT enhancements in the volunteer space, which could result in more targeted opportunities for people looking to acquire and utilise skills through volunteer work.

Volunteering WA CEO Tina Williams said VWA looked forward to working with the incoming government on all matters relating to volunteering, and implementing the key priorities set out before the election.

“As the purse strings tighten, the demand for volunteers increases,” Ms Williams said. “With a stretched community sector, WA needs to support volunteering as much as possible because we simply cannot function as a state without volunteers.”

Volunteering contributes $39billion to WA’s economy and is the largest industry by employment in the state.

“We would like to thank the former Minister for Volunteering, Paul Miles, for his service to volunteering, and look forward to working with the incoming Minister when Cabinet is announced in due course,” Ms Williams said.

Media Enquiries:

Sarah Cooper, PR & Marketing Manager, Volunteering WA, 0416 228 722 / sarah@volunteeringwa.org.au

Tina Williams, CEO, Volunteering WA. 9482 4333 / ceo@volunteeringwa.org.au

Volunteering WA (VWA) is WA’s peak body for volunteering, connecting thousands of volunteers to community organisations across the State. VWA’s vision is for every Western Australian to enjoy a valued volunteering experience that enriches the State, through leading advancing and celebrating volunteering in WA. Volunteers contribute $39 billion to WA’s economy each year, which is more value than many other major industries.