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6 A previous Survey of Voluntary Work was conducted in June 1995 as a supplementary topic to the Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The two survey methodologies differ and results from the 1995 survey have been recalculated to achieve greater comparability (see Technical Note 2: Reprocessing of 1995 Data).
7 Volunteers may work for more than one organisation and may undertake more than one type of activity for each organisation. During the interview, volunteers were asked to provide information on their work in the previous 12 months for up to three organisations. If they had worked for more than three organisations, questions about the types of organisations and activities undertaken were restricted to the three organisations for which they had worked the most hours. In tables showing type of organisation, a volunteer may therefore be counted up to three times. For example, if a volunteer worked for two sport/recreation organisations and one community/welfare organisation, that volunteer would be counted twice under sport/recreation and once under community/welfare. In tables showing type of voluntary activity, a volunteer may be counted multiple times through undertaking several types of activity for one organisation, one type of activity for up to three organisations or several activities for up to three organisations.
8 The survey provided an estimate of 4.4 million volunteers. In aggregate they had 6.5 million involvements with organisations, undertook 15.7 million activities and contributed 704.1 million hours of voluntary work. Where volunteer involvement or activity rates are shown in tables, the denominator used is total volunteers.
SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS
9 During the survey development phase it was recognised that the expected large volunteer work force for the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games could impact on the survey results and affect comparability with the 1995 results. Any voluntary work for the Sydney Organising Committee of the Olympic Games or for the Olympic Road Transport Authority has been excluded from the survey estimates.
10 Other ABS publications which may be of interest include:
Unpaid Work and the Australian Economy,1997 (Cat. no. 5240.0)
Involvement in Sport, Australia, 1997 (Cat. no. 6285.0)
Work in Selected Culture/Leisure Activities, Australia, 1998-99 (Cat. no. 6281.0)
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