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VOLUNTEERING AUSTRALIA - NEW DEFINITION OF VOLUNTEERING
By 2013, Volunteering Australia had deemed this definition to be too narrow to capture the breadth of volunteer practices undertaken in Australia, as it only recognises formal volunteering for not-for-profit organisations. They note that the term 'volunteering' covers a wide range of activities, including formal activities (which take place within organisations, institutions and agencies) and informal activities (which take place outside the context of a formal organisation and structured volunteering activities). Volunteering can also include activism, donated employee time, some concept of reciprocity (including reimbursement of out of pocket expenses), online volunteering, spontaneous volunteering (such as community response to an emergency), corporate volunteering and social enterprise.
The revised 2015 VA definition is much broader in scope: 'Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.'
There was strong support in both the government and national consultations for the ABS to adopt this new definition of volunteering. While the new definition accounts for a broader range of volunteering activity, the notion of 'common good' could be difficult to capture in a data collection, as it would be difficult to measure or quantify such a subjective concept.
However, the ABS has responded to the changing VA definition and the community consultation by designing future GSS collections to capture a broader range of volunteering activity and characteristics.
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