Conference examines crisis volunteering

Australian emergency and disaster volunteering is changing due to shifts in the nature of paid work, lifestyles, values, new technology and policy. This year’s National Volunteering Conference looks at the implications of those changes.

The conference will examine how various states have responded to emergencies including how Queensland developed an innovative program to manage and engage volunteers before and after disasters occur by establishing Emergency Volunteering Community Response to Extreme Weather (EV CREW).

Since its inception, EV CREW has matched over 30,000 pre-registered volunteers to requests for assistance in disaster recovery, and more recently in preparedness and prevention.

Another conference session will consider how the NSW State Emergency Service, assisted by the Volunteers Association, effectively turned an internal crisis into an opportunity to create a better organisation.

The 2016 National Volunteering Conference is the principal Australian forum for policy contributors, not-for-profit leaders and volunteer managers. 

Delegates will also have access to:

  • Keynote speeches from international experts in volunteer management
  • Innovative workshops
  • A value-add program of social and ‘volunteering in action’ events
  • Networking app to enhance connections during and following the event

The event will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 6-8 April 2016. Early bird registrations close on 22 January 2016.

Find out more about the changing landscape of volunteering in Australia by registering for the conference.