Ground-breaking research has been completed investigating the landscape of volunteering in disability services in Victoria in the context of the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The report calls on Government at local, state and federal levels to take urgent and decisive action to fund and support volunteer-supported programs that provide critical support to people with a disability their families and carers.
- The foreshadowed changes to funding arrangements and increased regulatory controls have already caused a reduction in volunteer-supported programs.
- The research found that if funding does not extend to volunteer-supported programs, there is a substantial risk to people with disability, their families and carers.
- The first of its kind research identified seven models of volunteer-supported programs in the disability sector. The report calls for Government to use this taxonomy of volunteer programs to help guide more informed discussion about the place and value of volunteer services in the community care sector and to influence policy developments, refine funding mechanisms, and manage quality and safeguards.
- The research made the critical finding that the value volunteers bring to people with a disability, their families and carers is unique and distinct from the support offered by specialists and paid staff.
Executive Summary: Final Report – Executive Summary