A.1 The 2006 General Social Survey voluntary work questions
The following questions were used in the 2006 GSS.
Q1. The next few questions are about unpaid voluntary work, that is, help willingly given in the form of time, service or skills to a club, organisation or association. Please exclude any voluntary work done overseas.
Show prompt card 36:
- Organised sporting group / team
- Youth group (such as guides, scouts, a choir)
- A charity organisation or cause
- Student government
- Religious organisation
- School or preschool
- Some other kind of volunteer work
Q2. These are examples of types of organisations or groups that people may do voluntary work for. In the last 12 months, did you do any unpaid voluntary work for any of these organisations?
Q3. How many organisations have you done unpaid voluntary work for in the last 12 months?
Q4. The next few questions are about the three organisations for which you worked the most hours in the last 12 months.
What is/are the name(s) of this/these organisation(s)?
Q6. Which of these best describes the type of organisation [organisation] is?
- Arts / Heritage
- Business / Professional / Union
- Welfare / Community
- Education and Training
- Parenting, children and youth
- Emergency services
- Environment / Animal welfare
- International Aid / Development
- Law / Justice / Political
- Sport and physical recreation
- Other recreation or interest
- Ethnic and Ethnic-Australian groups
Q8. Which groups does the [organisation] aim to assist?
- Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander people
- Financially disadvantaged
- People with disabilities
- People with chronic / long term illnesses
- Ethnic groups
- Drug dependent
- No specific group / general community
Q9A. Are you currently volunteering for the [organisation]?
Q9B. How long have you been a volunteer for the [organisation]?
- Less than one year
- Between one to five years
- Between six to ten years
- More than ten years
Q10. [Is] the reason you assist the [organization]
- to take part in the Work for the Dole program or Community Work under Mutual Obligation?
- for work experience, or part of a work trial?
- because of a student placement?
- because of emergency work during an industrial dispute?
- none of the above?
A.2 2006 Census of Population and Housing form questions on voluntary work
The following question was used to collect voluntary work information in the 2006 Census.
Q51. In the last twelve months did the person spend any time doing voluntary work through an organisation or group?
Exclude anything you do as part of your paid employment or to qualify for a Government benefit.
Exclude working in a family business.
- No, did not do voluntary work
- Yes, did voluntary work
The 2006 Census Household Guide (page 15) provides the following guidance on answering the question on voluntary work.
Q51. Only include help willingly given, in the form of time, service or skills, to a club, organisation or association.
Unpaid voluntary work can include:
- assisting at organised events and with sports organisations
- helping with organised school events and activities
- assisting in churches, hospitals, nursing homes and charities
- other kinds of volunteer work (eg. emergency services, serving on a committee for a club etc.)
If the person is doing unpaid voluntary work through a club, organisation or association in order to qualify for government benefits such as Newstart Allowance, do not include this as voluntary work at Q51.
Do not include any activity that is part of the person’s paid employment, or family business.