Celebrating National Volunteer Week

17 May 2021

In recognition of National Volunteer Week (17-23 May), the emergency management sector is celebrating those who help protect communities and deliver emergency management services across Victoria. 

Run by Volunteering Australia, National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of the almost six million volunteers in the country. There are more than 100,000 volunteers who help deliver emergency management services in Victoria alone. 

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week is ‘Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.’ It acknowledges the vital role volunteers play to deliver essential services and support the wellbeing of Australians.  

Acting Emergency Management Commissioner Chris Stephenson said volunteers perform roles that the community might not be aware of, including aviation support, emergency broadcasting services, marine search and rescue, preparing and delivering relief packages and emotional and social support services during and after an emergency. 

“Volunteers are essential for Victoria’s ability to plan, prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of emergencies. They help keep our communities safe and we are so grateful for what they do,” Acting Emergency Management Commissioner Chris Stephenson said. 

“We wouldn’t be able to respond and support the community without the thousands of Victorians who volunteer. It’s not only the time they spend responding, but the time they dedicate to training and ensuring they’re prepared.” 

The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP (External link)) is an annual grants program that supports emergency management volunteers in Victoria through grants and other funding. 

For more information, visit the Volunteering Australia website (External link) (External link)