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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010  
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Contents >> Employment and Voluntary Work >> VOLUNTARY WORK SURVEY


Some cultural industries rely heavily on the activities of volunteers to assist their paid workforce. The 2006 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 34% of people in Australia aged 18 years and over undertook some sort of voluntary work in the 12-months before interview in 2006. Some 207,200 people (1% of the population) undertook voluntary work for heritage and arts organisations.

5.6 Persons undertaking voluntary work for heritage and arts organisations - 2006

Number of
Per cent
of the


Source: Voluntary Work, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4441.0).

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 (223,700) exceeded the total number of volunteers (207,200).

The most common types of volunteer involvements in heritage and arts was with organisations involved in performing arts (46%) and museums, antiques and collectables (19%).

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