Mara Basanovic

Mara Basanovic
Chief Executive Officer
Volunteering Queensland

Mara is CEO of Volunteering Queensland, an Australian state volunteering peak body and was previously the CEO of Volunteering Western Australia. With over a decade experience leading the volunteering effort in Australia’s two largest states, Mara has been a driving force behind the development of the Australian National Standards for Involving Volunteers and Definition of Volunteering, and a national digital platform for volunteer recruitment and management.
An advocate for and on behalf of volunteering, she has helped introduce new initiatives to inform policy, strategy and good practice, build capacity and capability of volunteer organisations, and reflect contemporary volunteering needs in a changing economic, social and digital environment. Mara has represented Australian volunteering state-wide, nationally and internationally. Through her knowledge, experience, and innovative program and service delivery models, Mara has contributed to the advancement and promotion of the volunteering movement. She believes in the transformative power and value of volunteering in strengthening and connecting communities and strives to ensure that volunteering is acknowledged as being integral to economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being.