It is conservatively estimated that on any one day over 100,000 volunteers support the provision of essential services in Tasmania - providing food, shelter, transport, recreational, justice, education, communications, health and environmental services.

Volunteer action is especially important for those who depend on the care of others for whatever reason - the aged and frail, children and young people finding their way, people living in remote areas of Tasmania, or people unable to fend for themselves.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please contact Volunteers Tasmania, Freecall Number: 1800 677 895 or visit http://volunteeringtas.org.au/ for more information.

Our volunteers - who are either directly or indirectly (through community-based organisations) funded by the Department - number some 2,300.

They include:

  • Volunteer Ambulance Officers
  • Foster Carers
  • Family Group Home Carers
  • Palliative Care Volunteers
  • Hospital Volunteers and Auxiliaries
  • Day Centre Volunteers
  • Community Health Sector Volunteers (eg providing transport and social support, respite for carers, meal preparation, social contact, assistance with craft activities, fundraising, bereavement support, etc), personal development and recreational program volunteers at Ashley Youth Detention Centre, residents involved in Tenant Participation Groups, Neighbourhood Watch, Meals-on-Wheels, and young people involved in tobacco control.