4440.0.55.001 - Volunteers in Sport, Australia, 2010  
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The General Social Survey (GSS) found that 6.1 million people, or 36% of the adult population aged 18 years and over, participated in voluntary work in 2010. Sport and physical recreation organisations attracted the largest number of volunteers with 2.3 million people (14% of the adult population), followed by religious organisations (1.4 million or 8%) and community and welfare organisations (1.3 million or 8%).

4.1 Type of organisation volunteered for - 2010
Graph: 4.1 Type of organisation volunteered for—2010

Of the 6.1 million volunteers, 3.7 million (60%) volunteered for just one organisation with a further 1.3 million people (22%) volunteering for two organisations. There were 1.2 million sport and physical recreation volunteers who volunteered for another type of organisation in addition to a sport and physical recreation organisation (54% of the 2.3 million sport and physical recreation volunteers).

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