National Volunteering Conference 2023 - 13-14 February

The 2023 National Volunteering Conference is Australia’s leading event on the volunteering calendar. The conference provides a platform for not-for-profit leaders, volunteer management professionals, government and corporate representatives, academics and researchers, and volunteers to come together to address emerging issues of high priority.  

As the national conference, the event is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and open discussion on the future of volunteering and highlight practical and innovative approaches to reimagine volunteering in Australia. The conference is a key vehicle for all stakeholders to voice their priorities, hopes and challenges for the future of volunteering. 

The theme for the 2023 National Volunteering Conference is The Future is Now. This theme will challenge delegates to explore how our actions today will build a better future for volunteering.

As we come together to launch Australia’s first National Strategy for Volunteering in ten years, this theme reflects that we need to implement change today to ensure volunteering thrives for future generations.

More information.

Scholarships Available

Department of Social Services have generously provided funding towards scholarship opportunities for the 2023 National Volunteering Conference.
The scholarship provides an opportunity for delegates to attend who otherwise may not be able to.

Scholarships are available to:
* Coordinators and managers of volunteers (paid and unpaid capacity)
* Not for profit leaders and emerging leaders (paid and unpaid capacity)
* Community leaders and emerging leaders (paid and unpaid capacity

There are multiple places available among the three categories of scholarship: 
* Full scholarship – Includes conference registration, return travel from any major port, and accommodation to cover the conference period. This category is    designed to service organisations and scholars with no alternative resources to attend.
* Part scholarship – Includes conference registration and accommodation to cover the conference period. This category may be suitable for organisations and individuals with the capacity to access budget travel options. 
* Conference registration. This category is designed for organisations and individuals who do not need, or who can self-fund travel and accommodation costs.  

Scholarship guidelines and process

Application Form

Submission deadline: 5 pm (AEST) on Wednesday 23 November 2022


National Volunteer Week 2022

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. This year it was held from 16-23 May and the week celebrated and recognised the vital work of volunteers. Volunteering is widespread and diverse with millions of people volunteering every year to support communities across Australia. Together, through Volunteering, we are changing communities for the better. We are, Better Together.

Image gallery

Alice Springs Wednesday 18 May 2022 - 10th Annual Volunteer Parade and Celebration

Darwin Friday 20 May 2022 (gallery to come)