Australian Government Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteers
Volunteers play a critical role in helping shape Australia and building stronger and more resilient communities. Volunteering touches all aspects of Australian society, whether it be helping out with local sporting teams and land care groups, responding to natural disasters and emergencies, or helping local charities support some of our most disadvantaged people.
More than eight million Australians volunteer each year, freely giving their time, energy and skills to supporting others. Australian volunteers are the backbones of their communities and are made up of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
To help recognise this very important contribution, the Australian Government Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteers has been developed for use by Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators. The certificate provides an effective way to formally acknowledge the efforts of outstanding and well-deserving volunteers in their electorate or state/territory.
It can be used by MPs and Senators at their discretion throughout the year, or aligned with commemorative events such as International Volunteer Day (5 December 2020) or the Australian National Volunteer Week (18 May – 24 May 2020).
If you are looking to become a volunteer, your local volunteer resource centre may be able to help you. The Volunteering Australia website also has a lot of useful information about volunteering, key events throughout the year and locations of your volunteer resource centre: www.volunteeringaustralia.org.