Note changes to Volunteering WA operations

Last updated 29/05/2020
  • We are working with the State Governement as part of the State Welfare Emergency Committee and Department of Communities' taskforces to provide support and links to volunteers programs as required.
  • The National Volunteering Conference 2020 and WA Volunteer of the Year Awards 2020 have unfortunately had to be cancelled.
    • All nominations submitted for the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards will be carried over to 2021 and can be altered as required.
  • Volunteering WA is continuing to support and deliver online training.
    • More information about upcoming training sessions is available here.
  • Our staff are primarily working from home and not travelling or attending face-to-face meetings.
    • By June 2020 we plan to implement a mixture of working from home and working in the office, while prioritising the health and safety of our staff and volunteers.
  • We are continuing to support VIKTOR and VIRA queries as always, however we ask that any enquiries are emailed.

Western Australian State Government’s response 

  • The WA State Government has declared a State of Emergency under the Emergency Management and a Public Health Emergency under the Public Health Act.
  • The State of Emergency declaration provides the State Government, the WA Police Force and the Chief Health Officer with the powers and flexibility they need to enforce quarantine and self-isolation measures as agreed at the National Cabinet meeting between the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Chief Ministers.
  • In addition to strict border controls and self-isolation for all Western Australians returning from international and interstate travel, restrictions have been placed on travel to WA’s remote Aboriginal communities, with exceptions for delivery of essential services, medical reasons, family or cultural reasons.
  • There are significant penalties for failure to comply with State of Emergency measures, designed to protect public health.
  • The State Government has convened the State Welfare Emergency Committee
    • Volunteering WA is a member and will provide updates as they become available.

Community Services Sector Response