5256.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Non-Profit Institutions - A Draft Information Development Plan, Jul 2010  
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Survey Vehicle
Various. Most recently a module of the General Social Survey. Data items below relate to the 2006 module, which included a more detailed set of questions about family and community involvement, which relates most directly to voluntary work.
Survey Vehicle
Census of Population and Housing
Survey Vehicle
Time Use Survey
Data Collection Method
Computer assisted face–to–face interview (GSS). Personal interview with persons 18 years and over.
Data Collection Method
Self–complete mail–back or collector gathered form, questions on volunteering, etc, asked of persons aged 15 years and over. Completed as a household form, so individuals may not be reporting their own data, and may be reported by others.
Data Collection Method
Survey was conducted over four 13 day periods in 2006, from persons living in private dwellings. Information was collected partially based on interview (with an adult) and also by self completion diaries completed by all persons in the household aged 15 years and over.
Recent Enumerations
1995, 2000 (MPS)
2002, 2006 (GSS)
Recent Enumerations
1995, 2000, 2006. The Census is run every 5 years.
Recent Enumerations
1992, 1997, 2006
NPI Concepts Covered
Voluntary work completed by the respondent in the previous 12 months, for up to three volunteer episodes. Only includes voluntary work done in Australia. Information collected includes whether volunteers provided time, service or skills. Work for the dole schemes or community work completed under mutual obligation episodes were excluded. Further questions covered work experience or unpaid work trials, community service orders, student placements, and emergency work during industrial disputes were asked to determine inclusion. Excludes persons directed to volunteer.
NPI Concepts Covered
Voluntary work completed by the respondent in the previous 12 months (Only includes voluntary work done in Australia).
NPI Concepts Covered
Voluntary work completed by the respondent in the previous 12 months (Only includes voluntary work done in Australia).
The modules on family and community involvement and voluntary work cover:
Active involvement in groups-
  • provision of unpaid assistance
  • civic and community activities.
Whether did unpaid work for an organisation in the last 12 months-
  • reasons for volunteering
  • length of time since first volunteered
  • number of organisations volunteered for
  • total annual hours of voluntary work
  • sector type of organisations
  • type of voluntary activity
  • group which organisation aims to assistance
  • expenses related to voluntary work
  • financial donations made to organisations.
Whether respondent had been involved in organised activities or done voluntary work as a child-
  • whether the respondent's parents had volunteered.
Example of NPI Relevant Items:
Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability
Unpaid child care
Unpaid domestic work: number of hours
Voluntary work for an organisation or group
The Survey Covers:
Unpaid work in the household and the breakdown of this work between men and women and by life stage
Time spent on voluntary work, caring and other unpaid community work
Daily life patterns and support needs of various groups such as older persons, unemployed persons and persons with disabilities
Labour force issues such as the composition of the hours of paid work for men and women and barriers to workforce participation
Socio–demographic Data:
Social marital status
Relationship in household
Remoteness areas
Country of birth
Main language other than English spoken at home etc.

Other data on a range of social topics:
Health and disability
Financial stress
Assets and liabilities
Information technology
Transport, crime and feelings of safety
Attendance at cultural and leisure venues
Sports attendance and participation
Social networks and social participation
Family and community involvement
Voluntary work
Visa category
Socio–demographic Data:
Country of birth
Education and occupation status
Indigenous status
Language spoken
Marital status
Religious affiliation
Household structure
Dwelling characteristics
Family composition
Socio–demographic Data:
Household structure and characteristics
Index of relative socio–economic disadvantage
Employment and income
Educational attainment
Country of birth
Year of arrival
Language spoken and proficiency in spoken English
Health status

The survey also includes information about caring, community participation, fitness and health activities, travel, use of technology and outsourcing of domestic tasks. For example, child care details, trust in others, information about aged persons and disability, household use of technology and labour saving devices, use of services and outsourcing.