Note changes to Volunteering WA operations

  • The National Volunteering Conference 2020 scheduled to be held in Perth in March has not gone ahead
    • Volunteering WA will provide an update on this as it arises
  • The WA Volunteer of the Year Awards scheduled to be held in May 2020 has been postponed
    • Volunteering WA will provide an update on this as it arises
  • All Volunteering WA training sessions have been cancelled for March and April 2020
    • We will update information as more is known
  • We are expecting National Volunteer Week in 18-24 May to proceed but with a changed focus away from events
    • The Lotterywest National Volunteer Week grants process will continue and longer time frames will be offered to successful grant recipients. Thank you to everyone who has applied successful applicants will be announced shortly.
  • All of our staff are now working from home and not travelling or attending face-to-face meetings
  • We are continuing to support VIKTOR and VIRA queries as always, however we ask that any enquiries are emailed.
  • Volunteering WA is working with Local Governments to develop an online resource to register for and coordinate volunteer efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies
    • We will provide more information on this facility shortly
  • We are working with the State Government as part of the State Welfare Emergency Committee to provide support and links to volunteer programs as required.

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