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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2155 ..


Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2016-2017—Response to Recommendation 10—Apprenticeships and Traineeships—Ministerial statement, 7 June 2018.

Vocational Education and Training: ACT Apprenticeship and Traineeship—Highlights, dated 7 June 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT volunteering statement action plan 2018-2021

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (10.12): I rise to talk about the importance of volunteering for the people of the ACT and the ACT government's recently released volunteering statement action plan 2018-21. National Volunteer Week was held from 21 to 27 May. It is an annual celebration to acknowledge our nation's volunteers. I was pleased to launch the action plan during National Volunteer Week, delivering on a commitment I made to the Assembly last May.

In the ACT more than one in three people volunteer. That is around 130,000 people. It is estimated that the value of volunteer contributions to our community each year is $1.5 billion, but it is difficult, if not impossible, to measure the true value of volunteering. Volunteers make our city stronger, fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable. Every week, thousands of people give their time to help others, organise local sports and cultural activities, and protect and preserve our natural and built heritage.

This time last year I launched the ACT volunteering statement, updating the original 2011 statement. The statement presents an inclusive vision for volunteering in the ACT. The ACT volunteering statement sets out four high-level principles: that volunteers in the ACT are recognised, valuable, diverse and supported. This provides a platform for good practice in volunteer engagement, management and support. As a central point of reference for volunteering, it reflects a whole-of-government and community commitment to recognising and supporting volunteers.

Since the launch of the ACT volunteering statement, the government has been working to develop an action plan to realise its intentions. Extensive consultations with the community in 2016 and across government and the community in 2017-18 have contributed to the development of the ACT volunteering statement action plan 2018-21. The formal consultation for the action plan ran from 5 December 2017 to


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