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State of Volunteering Report

The Centre for Volunteering, in partnership with the Department of Communities and Justice, has launched the inaugural New South Wales State of Volunteering Report.

This in-depth analysis showcases the value of the nearly 4.9 million residents across NSW who gave more than 1.5 billion hours of volunteering in 2020; the benefit of which is approximately $127 billion.

The research showed that 87.6% of young people aged 18-24 in NSW volunteered in 2020 (over 640,000 youth in total). These volunteers donated an average of 40.7 hours per month (9.4 hours per week), which equates to 313.3 million volunteer hours across the State in 2020.

The report highlights that young people volunteer through a diverse range of roles including:

  • fundraising and events
  • food preparation and service
  • sport and physical activity
  • marketing
  • media and communications
  • administration and office management
  • education and training
  • companionship and social support.

The Report also showcases the characteristics of volunteers, volunteering and volunteer-involving organisations. Importantly, the Report contains a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the social, cultural and economic impacts of volunteering on communities in NSW.

The research presented in this report is a great reminder of how important the volunteer sector is and that government, business and the broader community continue to value, engage and invest in volunteering.

Read the State of Volunteering report PDF, 21518.07 KB to understand the power of youth volunteers in our communities; with 41.8% of volunteer-involving organisations utilising young people aged 18-24, and 24.3% engaging volunteers under the age of 18.

Infographic explaining the key findings PDF, 2458.43 KB

Key findings

  • Young people made up a significant proportion of the volunteer population, with 48.8% of volunteering involving organisations utilising persons aged 18-24 and 23.3% engage volunteers under the age of 18.
  • Youth aged 18-24 spent 40.7 hours per month volunteering.
  • 48.6% of youth volunteers are motivated to give up their time to develop new skills and/or gain work experience.
  • Young people surveyed told us that when it came to why they don’t or can’t volunteer more it came down to the following barriers:
    • 78.2 % no time due to balancing study, work and other responsibilities
    • 25.3% cost
    • 23.3% no/lack of transport.

The research was undertaken by the Institute of Project Management which surveyed more than 1,100 volunteers and received more than 1,000 responses from volunteer-involving organisations.

To find out more, about this exciting initiative, visit Centre for Volunteering website

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Last updated: 09 Aug 2021