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14 May, 2020

COVID-19 Sector Update webinar speakers for 21 May 2020

May 14th, 2020|

VTCTA are continuing to hold fortnightly COVID-19 Sector Update webinars for members.

We have three fantastic speakers at the next session on Thursday 21 May.

– Scott Miller, CEO of Volunteering Victoria

Scott has been the Chief Executive of Volunteering Victoria for nearly two years. Previously, Scott was the Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand. Scott’s current focus is on supporting Victoria’s volunteer-involving organisations to recover sustainably and safely from the COVID-19 crisis.

– Professor John Catford

A Professor of Public Health for over thirty years and has held senior academic and health service management positions in Australia and the UK, and with the World Health Organisation. Current appointments include Public Health Specialist Adviser, COVID Pandemic Response, Victorian Government; Professor Emeritus, Deakin University; Consultant Emeritus, Epworth HealthCare; Chair, Academic Board, Cairnmillar Institute; Chair, Editorial Board, Health Promotion International; Governor, Windermere Foundation; and Director, Eve Learning. He understands how community, health and educational organisations work and how to transform them into new higher levels of performance.

– Dale Park, Regional Diversity Advisor, Eastern Sector Development Team

If you are a VTCTA member and haven’t registered already, get in touch via info@vtcta.org.au for details.

12 May, 2020

SACS and ERO

May 12th, 2020|

SACS and ERO

A most welcomed announcement was received on 8 May on the future of SACS funding under the CHSP.

The Social and Community Services (SACS) supplement is scheduled to cease on 30 June 2021. The SACS supplement helped cover the cost of essential home support care staff and its cessation will result in a shortfall of funding for some CHSP providers.

To assist these CHSP providers, the department has agreed to increase the ongoing base funding of all SACS-eligible CHSP providers in 2021-22. The cost to cover the shortfall will be approximately $50 million per annum.

The department will decide how to allocate the funds over the coming months. Payments will be made in financial year 2021-22.

Only CHSP providers who are currently eligible for the SACS supplement will be eligible for this funding.

This issue was taken up by ACTA and VTCTA and we have been lobby hard for this decision. This is a great outcome for the sector.

Lyndon Stevenson, Chair of VTCTA and ACTA.

12 May, 2020

State of Volunteering Report survey

May 12th, 2020|

Volunteering Victoria is undertaking a State of Volunteering Report survey for volunteer-involving organisations.

Does your organisation engage volunteers to achieve your vision? Are you based in Victoria, Australia? We are looking for your input to contribute to the first ever State of Volunteering Report in Victoria.

The research will help to better understand what is happening in the sector and highlight the value that volunteering contributes to our economy and communities.

Survey close: COB Thursday 28 May

Take this quick and easy survey below.

https://www.volunteeringvictoria.org.au/advocacy-policy-research/stateofvolunteering/

7 May, 2020

VTCTA Member COVID-19 Sector Update Meetings

May 7th, 2020|

VTCTA is holding fortnightly COVID-19 Sector update meetings for members. Over 60% of members have attendance the sessions and so far we have had speakers from the following:

  • Western District Health Service,
  • Community Transport Services Tasmania,
  • Eastern Volunteers,
  • Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc,
  • Nillumbik Shire Council,
  • Redcross Victoria and
  • Bridges Connecting Communities.

The next webinar is scheduled for Thursday 21 May, get in touch via info@vtcta.org.au if you are a member and wish to register.

2 Apr, 2020

Special General Meeting minutes and VTCTA Constitution update

April 2nd, 2020|

The Special General Meeting of the VICTAS Community Transport Association Inc. was held on 25 March 2020.

The special resolutions were put to the members attending and all present voted in favour of the motions.

Links here to the 2020 VTCTA Special General Meeting Minutes and the updated VICTAS Community Transport Association Inc. Constitution 2020.

Thank you to the VTCTA members who attended the meeting.

19 Mar, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Living Document

March 19th, 2020|

This was last updated 25 June 2020.

All VICTAS Community Transport Association members are encouraged to keep up to date with public health updates from the federal and respective state governments. Here is a list of official sources with the latest information:

Federal Government COVID-19 information

Tasmanian Government COVID-19 information

Victorian Government COVID-19 information

World Health Organisation COVID-19 information

Coronavirus Advice for the Health and Aged Care Sector

Stay up to date with the Australian Government Coronavirus app

Australian Government WhatApp channel for COVID-19

COVIDSafe App

VTCTA also encourage members to review their organisational policies including risk management, infection control and business continuity in this new environment to ensure minimal impacts to service delivery continuity and wherever possible, contribute to the recovery of individuals, communities and services. We strongly encourage community transport organisations, staff, volunteers and members of the public to familiarise yourself with the process governments are taking to contain the virus, including practical things we all can do to help minimise transmission.

VTCTA is staffed by one part time employee, the Executive Officer, who is based at a home office so there are no changes required in response to COVID-19 from an operational perspective.

The VTCTA Committee is comprised of people from experienced community transport providers and are available for VTCTA members for any support or advice through the VTCTA Executive Officer.

If you have any questions the VTCTA can assist with please contact VTCTA EO Suzanne Phoenix on 0438 780 911 or info@vtcta.org.au

In addition, here are some useful resources and fact sheets on COVID-19 that may be useful for your organisation:

17 Mar, 2020

Victorian sub-sector meeting COVID-19 Community Inclusion Forum

March 17th, 2020|

In Victoria there is an upcoming sub-sector meeting COVID-19 Community Inclusion Forum on Friday 20 March, 1:00pm – 2:30pm.

The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services is helping convene a COVID-19 information session with Victorian Council of Social Service for volunteering and community organisations that support community inclusion, wellbeing and social connection.

Speakers include Volunteering Victoria CEO Scott Miller, Neighbourhood Houses Victoria CEO Nicole Battle and Victorian Multicultural Commission chair Viv Nguyen.

See link below to attend in person at 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Room 1.10

A full livestream of will be available during the event at https://vcoss.org.au/live/ (no registration required) and it is open to the public, you do not need to be a VCOSS member.

You can also sign up to the bi-weekly VCOSS COVID-19 Sector Bulletin through this link.

25 Feb, 2020

Special General Meeting

February 25th, 2020|

VTCTA Notice of Special General Meeting and Special Resolutions

NOTICE is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the VICTAS Community Transport Association Inc. will be held:

Date:        Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Time:        11 am

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/652852916 Meeting ID: 652 852 916 Phone +61 3 7018 2005

Link to 2020 2020 VTCTA Special General Meeting

Notice of Special Resolutions

NOTICE is hereby given in accordance with section 39 of the Constitution, it is intended that the following motions be proposed as special resolutions.

1.    The addition of clause 76(5) The Association will transfer the surplus gifts, deductible contributions and money it received to another charitable deductible gift recipient when the organisation is wound up or its DGR endorsement is revoked.

The purpose is to add the revocation to the Constitution to fulfil the ACNC charity registration.

2.    To extend the Principle Purpose and powers (2) to read The Principal Purpose for which the entity is established is to support the services for Transport Disadvantaged People with supported transport that permits participation in daily activities fostering independence and social inclusion.

The purpose is to strengthen the application for charity status.

A REMINDER THAT ONLY FINANCIALLY PAID MEMBERS CAN VOTE AT THE MEETING

Under the Constitution section 39 a special resolution is required to change the Constitution or any of the purposes of the association and needs not less than 75% of the members voting at a general meeting in person or by proxy vote in favour of the resolution.

Proxy Voting Form

If you are unable to attend the SGM you may cast your vote on the above special resolution by appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.  A proxy must be a Member who is entitled in their own right […]

20 Dec, 2019

Designer

December 20th, 2019|

A shout out to our designer Victoria De Paoli who created our Conference marketing collateral and will be doing our rebranding work also. Check out her website https://www.victoriadepaoli.com/

17 Dec, 2019

ACTA update

December 17th, 2019|

Australian Community Transport Association (ACTA) update for December 2019.

201912 ACTA Newsletter