NSW Government Volunteering survey

Recognition of Volunteers


The NSW Government invites you to a discussion about the future of volunteering

The NSW Government recognises the contribution of volunteers in local community museums and galleries, and recently launched a state-wide consultation to develop the 2nd NSW Volunteering Strategy.

Community members, organisations and businesses are encouraged to have their say on what's working well and what could be improved.

You are invited to participate and provide feedback in special interest workshops, in popup consults held in public spaces, through take-home group discussions and online from August to October.

  1. Online survey: Click here to participate in an online survey on volunteering
  2. Popup consultations: Click here for details on popups we are hosting across communities in NSW
  3. Special Interest Workshops: Click here for details and to register for forums that will be held by volunteering sector
  4. Take-home group discussion: Click here to download an agenda and a note-taking template. Please scan and send the completed note-taking template to volunteering@facs.nsw.gov.au


Statement of Principals for the Recognition of Volunteers

Here at M&G NSW we've endorsed the Statement of Principles, joining 350 organisations arts, heritage and cultural organisations in recognising the invaluable contribution of volunteer workers. This means that more than 750,000 of the State’s two million volunteers enjoy the superior conditions of coverage under the Principles.

Regional museums and galleries can support their volunteers by signing up to the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers. This is a voluntary code designed to improve fairness, dignity and respect in volunteer workplaces.

The Statement of Principles sets out how volunteers should be treated in much the same way that paid employees are treated. In essence, that when people start to volunteer, they should know what is expected of them and what a good job looks like. 

Promoting these principles to volunteers in your organisation can have a positive impact on recruiting and retaining volunteers.

Many organisations say that working through the Statement of Principles helps improve dispute resolution and builds a better framework for volunteer management. Others see it as an expression of what they’d like their program to become.

Signing up to the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers encourages mutual respect between volunteers and organisations.  

Information about how to become a signatory to the Statement of Principles is available on the NSW Volunteering website: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au.




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Museums & Galleries of NSW helps small-medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres create exciting experiences for visitors and, through this, thriving local NSW communities. We don't run museums, galleries and cultural centres but we care about those who do. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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(M&G NSW) provides programs and services improving the visitor experience in small to medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.

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