Notes on the data: Community strengths

Persons aged 15 years and over who participated in voluntary work for an organisation or group, 2011 (ABS Census data)

 

Policy context:  Volunteering can improve the health and wellbeing of individual volunteers by enhancing support networks, self-esteem and quality of life. It has been estimated that volunteering directly contributes $42 billion each year to the Australian economy, and also has substantial social benefits [1].

In the year before the 2011 Census, 17.8% of people reported undertaking voluntary work through an organisation or a group [2]. These data are useful in the planning of local facilities and services, and in understanding the way individuals and families balance paid work with other important aspects of their lives, such as community commitments.

References

  1. Ironmonger D. Valuing volunteering: the economic value of volunteering in South Australia [Internet]. Adelaide: Government of South Australia, Office for Volunteers; 2002.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2011 Census QuickStats [Internet]. 2013 Mar 28 [cited 2013 Oct 18]. Available from: http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/0#vehicles
 

Notes:  The 2011 Census variable 'Voluntary work for an organisation or group' records people who spent time doing unpaid voluntary work through an organisation or group in the twelve months prior to Census night.

The data exclude the 8.2% of persons aged 15 years and over whose participation in voluntary work was not stated. (The proportion excluded was calculated based on the Australian data.)

 

Numerator:  Persons aged 15 years and over who participated in voluntary work for an organisation or group

 

Denominator:  Population aged 15 years and over

 

Detail of analysis:  Per cent

 

Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2011 data.

 

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