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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
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Contents >> Employment and Other Work >> Voluntary Work Survey

VOLUNTARY WORK SURVEY

Some cultural industries rely heavily on the activities of volunteers to assist their paid workforce. The 2000 Voluntary Work Survey defined a volunteer as someone who willingly gave unpaid help, in the form of time, services or skills, through a club, organisation or association. It found that about 32% of people in Australia aged 18 years and over undertook some sort of voluntary work in the 12 months before interview in 2000. Some 280,200 people (2% of the population) undertook voluntary work for heritage and arts organisations.

5.6 PERSONS UNDERTAKING VOLUNTARY WORK FOR HERITAGE AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS - 2000

Number of volunteers
Per cent of the population
'000
%

Males
117.1
1.7
Females
163.1
2.3
Persons
280.2
2.0

CMC SWG, Australia's Cultural Volunteers, 2000, prepared for CMC SWG by the NCCRS of the ABS.


Some of the people undertaking voluntary work provided assistance to more than one heritage and arts organisation. Consequently, the total number of involvements in heritage and arts organisations (306,400) exceeded the total number of volunteers (280,200). Performing arts organisations were the most likely to attract volunteers (102,600 involvements).


The most common type of involvement in heritage and the arts was with organisations involved in the Performing arts (102,600 involvements), which accounted for approximately one-third (34%) of the 306,400 involvements. There were 46,800 involvements in Other arts (e.g. with art festivals, art schools and art councils).

5.7 VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENTS, By cultural organisation assisted - 2000

Number of volunteers
Percentage
Type of organisation(a)
'000
%

Performing arts
102.6
33.5
Museums, antiques and collectibles
*33.4
*10.9
Environmental heritage
*26.7
*8.7
Broadcasting, electronic media and film
*25.9
*8.5
Other arts
46.8
15.3
Other groups in the Heritage and Arts Divisions
71.0
23.2
Total involvements(b)
306.4
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Grouped according to the Industry Classification of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications.
(b) As volunteers can work for a number of organisations, the number of involvements exceeds the number of volunteers.
CMC SWG, Australia's Cultural Volunteers, 2000, prepared for CMC SWG by the NCCRS of the ABS


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