Volunteers to help shape future of volunteering

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Organisations or groups that involve volunteers are urged to share their thoughts in a survey aimed at shaping the future of volunteering in Australia. Source: Pro Bono News.

Led by Volunteering Australia, the survey is the third step in a process that will eventually see the creation of Australia’s next National Strategy for Volunteering.

This would be the first National Strategy for Volunteering in more than 10 years.

The Volunteering in Australia research project has already engaged with volunteers to learn their thoughts on why they give their time and energy, and from this information an early insights report has been produced.

The report reveals that the number of Australians undertaking volunteer work is lower than it was before COVID, when 36 per cent of adults were estimated to have volunteered. But in the 12 months before the survey was conducted in April 2022, 26.7 per cent of Australian adults volunteered – a slight increase from 24.2 per cent in April 2021.

According to the report, the majority of those who stopped volunteering have not yet returned to the field – but they have noticed the impact on their wellbeing, reporting lower levels of life satisfaction than those who still volunteer.

Mark Pearce, CEO of Volunteering Australia, said a “robust evidence base” was needed to begin the national volunteering strategy.

He said the survey would help researchers understand from an organisational perspective “how we can move forward effectively” on a national strategy.

To complete the survey, visit the Volunteering Strategy website.


A new National Strategy for Volunteering is in the works – and you can help shape it (By Danielle Kutchel, Pro Bono News

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