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23 May 2018

It’s National Volunteer Week and Creative Victoria is paying tribute to the huge number of volunteers who generously contribute to the state’s creative industries.

A volunteer for State Library Victoria

A Family Programs volunteer in the Play Pod at State Library Victoria. Courtesy State Library Victoria.

This year National Volunteer Week runs until 27 May and celebrates the contribution of volunteers across the country with the theme ‘Give a little. Change a lot’.

Volunteers provide the backbone of Victoria’s creative sector.

In 2015, research commissioned by Creative Victoria found that 70,000 volunteers across the creative industries contribute $220 million of value to the Victorian economy.

In 2016-17, Victoria’s seven state cultural organisations reported that volunteers gave 101,146 hours of their time - equivalent to 13,309 full days - to support programs and projects at organisations including the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

In 2016, 130 of the key organisations that received operational support from Creative Victoria reported that they benefited from the service of close to 12,000 volunteers.

Last year’s National Arts Participation Survey - conducted by the Australia Council for the Arts - confirmed that 17% of Victorians volunteered for the arts or helped artists or community groups with arts activities in 2016.

Victorian volunteers also have another reason to celebrate National Volunteer Week, with nominations now open for the 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards.

The Awards honor individual volunteers (or teams of volunteers) who deserve public recognition of their skills, efforts, and contribution to the Victorian community.

Volunteers can be nominated for one-off projects as well as ongoing roles, across the four categories of Service, Impact, Leadership, and Teamwork.

Nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards close Monday 28 May.