The National Volunteer Service Office (NVS) was created through an Act of Parliament when it was passed on the floor of parliament on the 12th of April 1990. It was a private member’s Bill put forward by the late Honorable, Bernard Narakobi, former Member for Wewak.
The vision by the then members of parliament in supporting and passing this Bill is to ensure that basic vital services and development initiatives by the government reaches all citizens of Papua New Guinea wherever they may be.
It was also around that time that the normal service delivery system of government was slow and stagnant with many of its development policies failing to convert into tangible development designed to alleviate poverty and socio-economic improvement.
This situations prompted the government of the day to create a mechanism that will enable Papua New Guineans help other Papua New Guineans, and out of this policy, the National Volunteer Service was conceived.
NVS is a vehicle to promote and support citizen participation in sustainable, people centered development.
The legislation comprised of the following organization functions:
- To promote a spirit of sacrifice and service,
- To participate generally in the economic development of Papua New Guinea.
- To provide labor and skills to the community for development projects either free of Charge or at a very low cost,
- To encourage and participate in the development of economic activity at the village or community level,
- To provide a means for its employees to demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the development of Papua New Guinea,
- To cooperate and work with agencies of the State and Provincial Governments in the achievement of their plans and purposes,
- To work with other voluntary agencies whose goal is the development of the people of Papua New Guinea
- To corporate with and assist institutions having similar functions, in countries outside Papua New Guinea, in spirit of solidarity to achieve humanitarian objectives of those countries and,
- Generally to do such supplementary, incidental or consequential acts and things as are necessary or convenient for carrying out its functions.