Government Submissions

VNZ is dedicated to working with Government to take into account the needs of volunteers and their organisations, and the costs associated with volunteering, when developing policies and delivering services.

>> Read the Government Policy on Volunteering here.


Submissions on volunteering policy topics are part of our core business – recent examples of our work include:

  • Our successful advocacy to double the Support for Volunteering Fund
  • Our successful advocacy to the Police on to provide exemptions on their vetting fees for most volunteer-involving organisations
  • Our advocacy on how the NZ Government will respond to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (particularly as the UN passed a resolution stating volunteers will be essential to the success of the Goals)
  • Our successful advocacy for improvements to the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Our submission to Statistics NZ to retain volunteering (and Unpaid Activities) in the 2018 Census.
  • Our submission to the DIA Fire Service Review to give greater consideration to the role of volunteers within the Fire Service

2017/18 Submissions

2016/17 Submissions

2015/16 Submissions:

Earlier submissions:

Even earlier submissions:

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