Volunteers improve lives and enhance our communities, and contribute an estimated $9.4b to our economy every year.

National is committed to the community and voluntary sector and will continue to work with it to ensure New Zealanders benefit from the generosity, expertise and goodwill of our volunteers.

We have increased trust in the sector, through new, more transparent reporting standards and we are promoting it through removing barriers to volunteering and giving.

We will streamline the funding application process to reduce duplication time and cost and ensure that the Government procurement practices for social services are consistent, and as easy as possible to navigate.

National is also committed to innovation and will continue to provide better access to seed funding for social enterprise.