1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Mar 2007  
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Do you need to understand volunteers, for future planning or to assist in encouraging people to volunteer? Voluntary Work, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4441.0) expected to be released in late April 2007 draws on the information available from the 2006 General Social Survey to describe volunteers, their activities and the organisations for which they work. Why do people volunteer? Are new people volunteering? How much time do different people spend on voluntary work? Are there costs associated with volunteering? Is remuneration available from the organisation for any of these costs?

Many volunteers work for more than one organisation. Details are provided on the work they do for up to three organisations, and some broad information for any further involvements. New items in 2006 are the sector of the organisation, and whether it is fully staffed by volunteers.

Voluntary Work, Australia, 2006 also includes the characteristics of people who give money, and the kinds of organisations to which they contribute. Change over time is shown for both donor rates and volunteer rates. A number of state/territory tables are included, and some information is available at a lower level of geography such as remoteness areas.

More detailed analysis can be done from the confidentialised unit record files to be released from the 2006 General Social Survey in April. For further information contact Elisabeth Davis on (02) 6252 7880 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.