Australian Bureau of Statistics
4441.0 - Voluntary Work, Australia, 2000
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/06/2001
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This category refers to the production of the arts ie providing a service for others. Examples of arts/culture organisations include libraries, museums and galleries, historical associations, festivals. Small hobby and interest groups associated with craft, art and literature would be included under recreation, as they are primarily for the enjoyment/consumption of members and not for providing a service.
Organisations promoting, regulating and safeguarding business, professional and labour interests, including industry standards.
Organisations and institutions providing human and social services to the general community and specific target population groups. Included are organisations whose work is for the wider social benefit of the general community without the provision of direct services, such as Apex and Rotary. Other organisations included cover those giving material assistance, personal care and advice, such as Lifeline, the Smith Family, Brotherhood of St. Lawrence, Legacy, Royal Blind Societies, Wesley Mission, Meals on Wheels. Further examples include ethnic welfare groups, marriage guidance, information and referral services, community transport, neighbourhood centres, accommodation referral and advice, homes and shelters.
Organisations and activities administering, providing, promoting, conducting, supporting and servicing education, training and youth development.
Refers to those emergency services involved in search and rescue and disaster relief (not including emergency medical services). While emergency rescue may involve medical attention the overall aim is search and rescue. Similarly, while disaster relief can include a range of services (material assistance, accommodation, counselling), the broad focus of the organisation is disaster relief. Included are Red Cross Disaster Recovery Services and Salvation Army Disaster Services. First aid is included under health, not emergency services.
Organisations promoting and providing services in environmental conservation, pollution control and prevention, environmental education, and health and animal protection.
This refers to the focus of the organisation's activity rather than its origins. Such an organisation promotes greater inter-cultural understanding between people of different countries and historical backgrounds, may provide relief during emergencies, or promote development and welfare abroad eg exchange/friendship/cultural programs, development assistance associations, international disaster and relief organisations, international human rights and peace organisations.
Organisations engaged in health related activities providing health care, both general and specialised services, medical research foundations and emergency health services, administration of health care services and health support services. Examples include specific health conditions support groups, hospitals and nursing homes, regional health services, Alcoholics Anonymous, eating disorder groups, Family Planning Associations, Royal Flying Doctor Services.
Organisations and groups that work to protect and promote civil and other rights, or advocate the social and political interests of general or special constituencies, offer legal services and promote public safety (related to the law rather than emergency services). For example, Australian Consumers Association, the Civil Justice Research Centre, peak organisations and lobby groups such as Councils of Social Service and Ethnic Communities Council.
Organisations promoting religious beliefs as their primary focus, administering religious services and rituals. Includes churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, shrines, seminaries, monasteries and religious institutions.
Organisations in general and specialised fields of sport, recreation and leisure; sports clubs and facilities; indoor and outdoor recreational facilities; racing and gambling; social, leisure and hobby clubs; zoological, botanical, recreational parks and gardens; theme and amusement parks. Included are hobby and general interest groups such as bird watchers’ groups, book clubs, embroiderers’ guilds, gardening clubs etc.
Organisations not elsewhere classified. In some tables and graphs, some of the above organisational groups may also have been included in this category due to small numbers of responses. This is indicated by a footnote.
Type of voluntary activity
Activities performed in the preceding 12 months were collected for each organisation for which a volunteer worked, up to a maximum of three organisations. Volunteers may have performed multiple activities for each organisation. When a volunteer worked for more than three organisations in the preceding 12 months, activity information was only collected for the three organisations for which the volunteer worked the most hours. The categories are:
Office work, typing and word processing, answering phones, filing, basic bookkeeping. Includes conducting campaigns for recruiting volunteers. Recruiting volunteers for a fundraising program was coded under this category rather than fundraising.
Includes providing companionship, staffing help lines.
Includes training sports teams, adjudicating competitions for agricultural or wine shows, public speaking contests, umpiring sporting contests.
Includes a range of activities directed predominantly towards assisting organisations to raise money for their own programs or for those of another organisation. Examples include: door knocking, selling buttons on button day, making or selling items on a stall or in a charity shop.
Participation in management committees and functions, which involves making decisions about the direction and operation of an organisation. Examples include: sitting on a board, being an office bearer, being a member of the management board of a community welfare organisation, treasurer for the local church, managing a service or program, program planning.
Includes producing newsletters, pamphlets and other printed material.
Includes a wide range of activities such as: providing help with showering/bathing, dressing, eating, using the toilet and health care activities such as helping to administer medication, or dressing wounds.
Includes food and drink preparation, serving meals and cleaning up. Work for Meals on Wheels was usually coded to both preparing/serving food and transporting people/goods.
Includes a wide range of activities such as: repairing household appliances, painting, making furnishings, checking the state of repair of the dwelling, providing help with lawns, clearing up grounds, rubbish removal, cleaning out garages, gutters.
Includes classroom assistance given by people other than qualified teachers eg parents.
See Preparing/serving food.
Activities not classified elsewhere. In some tables and graphs, some of the above activities may also have been included in this category due to small numbers of responses. This is indicated by a footnote.
For the purposes of this survey, a volunteer is someone who willingly gave unpaid help, in the form of time, service or skills, through an organisation or group. The reference period was the 12 months prior to the survey.
People who did voluntary work overseas, or whose only voluntary work was for the Sydney 2000 Olympic or Paralympic Games have been excluded from the survey estimates.
The reimbursement of expenses in full or part (eg token payments) or small gifts (eg sports club T-shirts or caps) was not regarded as payment of salary, and people who received these were still included as voluntary workers. However, people who received payment in kind for the work they did (eg receiving farm produce as payment for work done on a farm, rather than cash) were not included as volunteers.
Volunteer activity rate
For any group, the aggregate number of activities performed for organisations by that group expressed as a percentage of total volunteers in that group.
For each volunteer, the number of organisations worked for.
Volunteer involvement rate
For any group, the aggregate number of organisations worked for by that group expressed as a percentage of total volunteers in that group.
For any group, the volunteer rate is the number of volunteers in that group expressed as a percentage of the total population in the same group.
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