Are you wondering how the changes to the Voluntary Organisations Act 2007 will affect you?

Arts Council Malta in collaboration with Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, is organising an information session as part of the ACMLab Series on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 18.30 at St. James Cavalier, Valletta.

The session will explain the changes in the law and how they affect voluntary organisations in actively involving the community and reaching wider audiences.

Target audience

Voluntary Organisations active in Arts and Culture

Creative Communities fund beneficiaries

VOs benefitting from public funds

Concept Note

Voluntary organisations active in the field of Culture and the Arts play a key role in facilitating and supporting community exchange, tapping into the huge advantages of creative diversity, and fostering human dignity and well-being.

The amendments to the Voluntary Organisations Act 2007 will help strengthen voluntary organisations, consolidate trust in them, and sustain active and participatory citizenship through creativity. 


Jan 2017     Presentation of the Bill to amend the Voluntary Organisations Act 2007 to Cabinet

Feb 2017    First Reading of the Bill 


Towards a stronger civil society...a dynamic voluntary sector: an overview of the Amendments to the Voluntary Organisations Act 2007 by Sebastian Micallef, Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations

Supporting the development of a more effective and efficient voluntary sector by Mauro Pace Parascandalo, Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations

On the ground

Tal-Kultura Volunteer Programme, Valletta 2018 Foundation presented by JD Farrugia

Valletta Film Festival volunteer Programme presented by Oliver Mallia

Q&A session on challenges encountered in project implementation – with particular reference to the field of arts and culture.


Mr. Sebastian Micallef 

After 30 years working for Maltapost (with the last 10 years in a managerial post), in 2008, Sebastian Micallef was given the task to set up and run the office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.

He was involved in the enrolment process of VOs, their monitoring and to administer the Voluntary Organisations’ Registrar.

He has a good knowledge of Laws and Subsidiary Legislation related to VOs namely:

  • the Second Schedule to the Civil Code (Chapter 16 of the Laws of Malta);
  • the Voluntary Organisations Act (Chapter 492 of Malta).

Sebastian Micallef was heavily involved in the drafting and set up of Subsidiary Legislation 492.01, titled: Voluntary Organisations (Annual Accounts and Annual Reports) Regulations and was also involved the drafting of the Sample Statute for Associations.

Mr. Mauro Pace Parascandalo

Mr. Mauro Pace Parascandalo graduated from the University of Malta in his First degree, B.Ed. (Hons.) University of Malta in Physical Education and worked in education as teacher for 15 years, teaching in the areas of Physical Education and Health and Safety. He is presently the Executive for the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector since 2010 where he set up the operational structure for MCVS. He also chairs the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Funding for VOs. Presently he is also Member of the Malta Community Chest Fund Board (2014 –) and representative of MSDC on the Kumitat Soċjeta Ġusta within the Ministry for Social Policy and the Family (2014 –).

Mr JD Farrugia

JD Farrugia is the manager of the volunteer programme for Valletta 2018; Tal-Kultura where he draws from his own experiences as a volunteer with various organisations. He is the Director and a founding member of fish4tomorrow, a local NGO working towards creating a culture of sustainable fish consumption and has previously worked for civil society organisations such as Friends of the Earth Malta and the TerraFirma Collective. He holds a Degree in Psychology and an M.Sc in Environmental Management and Planning through which he explored the effectivess of environmental campaigns. 

Participation is free of charge. To book a place, send us an email on  Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

The ACMlab series is being held in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv.