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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS)
The information collected is used to understand the extent and nature of volunteering in Australia and to assist with the planning of voluntary services and the development of volunteer recruitment and management programs. The results have also been used to determine a monetary value of voluntary work.
As well as information about voluntary work the GSS collects information on other aspects of community connection associated with the idea of social capital. These include data on various forms of social and civic participation, on social relationships and on the expectation of receiving support.
Results from the 2010 GSS are expected to be released in the second half of 2011.
Many of the data items collected are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.
DATA ITEMS RELEVANT TO MIGRANTS AND ETHNICITY
In addition to the demographics listed above, the GSS collects information about the current residency status of non Australian-born people who arrived in the previous 21 years:
Other data items of relevance to migrants and ethnicity:
OTHER DATA ITEMS COLLECTED
A list of population characteristics and additional data items capable of being produced in customised tables is available from the General Social Survey: User Guide, Australia (cat. no. 4159.0.55.002). The user guide contains a separate file which lists all the GSS survey data items within a separate table.
For further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications, concepts and time series comparability of voluntary work data visit the explanatory notes given with Voluntary Work, Australia (cat. no. 4441.0). Further background to surveys conducted prior to 2006 is also available from the Voluntary Work Survey entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.
Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
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