Volunteer Management Activity Summary
On 30 June 2021, all current funding agreements under the Volunteer Management Activity (VMA) will cease. These funding agreements will not receive any form of extension, as the Commonwealth Government does not have the Constitutional authority to continue the program in its current form.
From 1 July 2021, the Department of Social Services (the department) will distribute $33.5 million, over five years, to the state and territory volunteering peak bodies, through a closed non-competitive funding round, to administer the new VMA program. The Commonwealth Government can only continue to fund volunteer management if the VMA is redesigned to align with a head of power under the Australian Constitution, as described below.
The Commonwealth Government will further invest a one off sum of up to $2.5 million in 2020-21 to develop and improve volunteer management IT infrastructure.