Wednesday, December 5, 2007

International Volunteer Day - 5th December

Over 5 million Australians do voluntary work. The 2006 Census was the first Australian Census to include questions on unpaid work, including voluntary work for organisations or groups.

This year also saw the release of data from the latest survey of Voluntary Work in Australia (cat. no. 4441.0). A factsheet of key statistics from the Survey is available from the Volunteering Australia website.

An example of how volunteering statistics can inform planning and decision-making can be seen in the recent Public Libraries Australia Conference paper Volunteering in the 21st Century - what does it mean for Libraries?

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