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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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VOLUNTARY WORK

Some cultural industries rely heavily on the activities of volunteers to assist their paid workforce. The voluntary work module within the General Social Survey (GSS) defined a volunteer as someone who willingly gave unpaid help in the form of time, services or skills, through an organisation or group. Results from the 2010 GSS found that 6.1 million people (36% of the Australian population aged 18 years and over) undertook some sort of voluntary work in the 12 months prior to interview. Some 403,900 people (7% of the population) undertook voluntary work for heritage and arts organisations.

5.6 PERSONS UNDERTAKING VOLUNTARY WORK FOR HERITAGE AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS - 2010

Number of volunteers
Per cent of the population
'000
%

Males
200.2
7.0
Females
203.7
6.3
Persons
403.9
6.6

Source: Voluntary Work, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4441.0).






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