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December 2022
Welcome to the Vollie Hub

Vollie Hub is produced each month by the Shire of Gingin to inform volunteer groups of available grants, resources, and upcoming events. Thank you for all you do to make our communities more inclusive, vibrant, healthy and safe.

You are welcome to share this information onwards. 

Happy reading,
Olivia (Community Development Officer) 
Community Event Announcement 
Do you have a community event to promote in the Shire?
If so, please email and we will include it in our Events Calendar on the Shire's website
Are You Passionate About Promoting Volunteering? 

The Shire has been successful in securing funding from Volunteering WA to create a series of short videos capturing the stories of volunteers from across the Shire. The video will be encouraging people to take up volunteering in local community groups. The Community Services team are looking for individuals who would be comfortable to share their story of how they got into volunteering, the type of activities their group is involved in, and why they would encourage others to take up volunteering.

To find out more or get involved please contact Amy on 9575 5162 or

Clean Up Australia Day is a great opportunity for communities to work together and take practical action. Everyone who gets involved say's how rewarding the day is and how it has made a lasting impact, changing the way they think about their everyday habits and the practical changes we can all make.

Key dates for 2023:
  • Business Clean Up Day – Tuesday 28 February
  • Schools Clean Up Day – Friday 3 March
  • Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 5 March
Read More Here
Don't Go Overboard With Alcohol

As we gear up for a busy season of boating, it’s a great time to think about being safe on the water. Integral to boating safety is ensuring the skipper, passengers and crew aren’t affected by alcohol.

Whether you’re going fishing, skiing, diving or just cruising, when you mix alcohol with boating the consequences can be fatal. Coordination, judgement, vision, balance and reaction time declines up to three times faster when consuming alcohol on a boat. Waves, motion, vibration, engine noise, weather, wind and spray all amplify the effects of alcohol.

It isn’t just the skipper who needs to drink moderately: studies have shown that boat passengers are just as likely as skippers to be involved in incidents such as capsizing the vessel or falling overboard as a result of drinking alcohol.
Read More Here
Boating Equipment Checklist
Road Trauma Support
There are practical, supportive steps that can help after experiencing road trauma; particularly in the lead-up to special events and the holiday season, which can bring different feelings for those who have experienced road trauma. 

The six steps are: 
1. Remember
2. Acknowledge
3. Plan
4. Take Time
5. Support
6. Act
Read More Here
Data Breach Protective Tips 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Scamwatch team has produced a fact sheet and an infographic aimed at preventing people from being scammed. 

The fact sheet, the infographic and other relevant information can be accessed on the Optus Data page.

ACCC Scamwatch is also monitoring the situation in relation to Medibank.  A government factsheet and related information can be accessed here.

Find out how to protect yourself from scams in your language.
National Walk Safely to School Day

When: Friday 19 May 2023
Where: All primary schools across Australia 
Why: This national initiative aims to encourage children to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by simply including a walk at the beginning, at lunch time and at the end of each day. The event also promotes reduced car-dependency, greater use of public transport, cleaner air, improved diets and road safety to primary school children across Australia.
Read More Here
RoadSet is a free, interactive online road safety learning experience and educational tool designed to help young people become better road users and make Australian roads safer for everyone. This program has been been provided by Australian Road Safety Foundation with funding from the Australian Government as part of its pledge to support priority areas such as regional road safety, driver distractions, protecting vulnerable road users and reducing drug driving.
Get Started
Read More Here
Active Regional Communities Grants
The program aims to increase opportunities for people to participate in sport and active recreation activities in regional Western Australia, it is tailored to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of sport and active recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of the State.

Find out more
Building Digital Skills 

Building Digital Skills grants help organisations to start up and continue delivering their 'Be Connected' digital literacy programs.

The aim of the Building Digital Skills grants program is to enable organisations to support older Australians 50+ through free face-to-face contact (if safe to do so), either one-on-one or in small groups, to develop their digital skills and confidence, utilising the learning courses available on the Be Connected Learning site. A range of resources and support materials are available to help organisations to deliver this program.

Find out more

Road Safety Community Grants-Events

Applications are now open for event grants to encourage local communities to get involved and champion road safety when Western Australia hosts National Road Safety Week 2023.

The Road Safety Commission and the RAC have partnered to provide $90,000 in funding for the events to be held between 14-21 May 2023.

In announcing the grants, Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia said the grants were a great opportunity for local communities to promote road safety at the grass roots level and inspire small changes that can make a big difference in saving lives on our roads.

Find out more here

The National Science Week Grants 2023

National Science Week is Australia’s major national celebration of the sciences, occurring in August each year. National Science Week will be held from 12 to 20 August 2023. National Science Week provides the opportunity for community participation in high profile science engagement activities across the nation.

Find out more here
The Power of Volunteering
Volunteering WA provides leadership and support to volunteer-involving organisations throughout the State. Becoming a member gives you access to a broad range of valuable services and benefits for you and your organisation. However, it's more than this... it’s about you, me and many others, recognising the essential contribution of volunteers and volunteering in our communities, as well as our organisations, and working together to lead, advance and celebrate volunteering in WA. 
Become A Member
Read More
Changes To Your Organisation 

Changes to your not-for-profit (NFP) organisation can affect your tax situation. You must notify the ATO about some changes. 

Follow the links below for information on: 
Commissioner's  Address To The Tax Institute's Tax Summit 2022

Visit here to read the report provided by the Second Commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn - Address to The Tax Institute Tax Summit on 20 October 2022
Directors of NFP Organisations and Clubs Need A Director ID

All directors of NFP organisations and clubs registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and who have an  ARBN or ACN will also require a director ID.

Directors who were appointed as a new first-time director on or after 5 April 2022 must apply for a director ID before their appointment.

You need to apply for a director ID as soon as possible if:

  • You attend an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and are unexpectedly appointed.
  • You're aware you may be elected a director at an upcoming AGM. You can apply up to 12 months in advance.
To find out if your club or organisation is registered with ASIC, you can search for your club or organisation's details, including director details, on ASIC Connect.

Find out more here.
Shire Facility Closures
Olivia Forbes
Community Development Officer

Direct Tel: (08) 9575 5176
Shana Derench
Community Events & Services Officer

Direct Tel: (08) 9575 5139
Grant Directories 
 WA Grants Directory
Australian Government Grant Connect
Community Directory
Gingin CRC Online Directory
Lancelin CRC Online Directory 
Shire Local Organisations, Clubs & Facilities Online Directory 
Disclaimer - The Shire of Gingin does not endorse any other website and the information contained herein is not intended to be a source of advice or credit analysis with respect to the material presented and the information and/or documents contained in this newsletter do not constitute investment advice. 
In relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the information contained in this publication is generic and should not replace professional advice concerning individual circumstances. The pandemic continues to evolve rapidly and the accuracy of the information contained in this newsletter cannot be guaranteed should the situation have changed following the date of issue for this newsletter.
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