Australia's six million plus volunteers will be the focus of attention during National Volunteer Week to be celebrated from May 14 to 20.
This is Australia's only national celebration of volunteering and Volunteering Australia thanks every volunteer for their contribution to making Australia a better place to live.
This year's theme says it all: Volunteers, Every One Counts.
Volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours per year in fields including sport, welfare, education, justice, conservation, art and emergency services. It is difficult to imagine how we would cope as a nation without this extraordinary effort.
In Volunteering Australia's most recent survey, 68.3 per cent of respondents said that their organisation needs more volunteers.
If you are a volunteer we thank you for your contribution. If you do not volunteer then now is a great opportunity to take the first step. A good way to start is to visit www.govolunteer.com.au
I would like to thank NAB and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for their support of National Volunteer Week.