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Victoria (Aus) – Third sector introduction

Posted in Australia, Victoria (Australia), Victoria (Australia) - Third sector by diego1084 on July 21, 2008

The third sector is called the non-for-profit-sector (NFP), that is to say, organisations that operate for social or community purposes, do not distribute profits to members, are self-governing and independent of government.

The NFP sector is extremely diverse and includes a wide variety of organisations. NFP entities include providers of community care services (such as health, education or welfare services), charities, religious organizations, retail trade, sporting and cultural clubs as well as groups representing collective interests such as political parties. The principal areas of focus are: Community service, religious and charity.

The NFP sector plays an important role in society, providing opportunities for participation and contributing to social inclusion. Members of the community are often actively involved in NFPs, either as members, donors, paid employees or as volunteers. It is estimated that Victorians contribute approximately $3-$4 billion per annum to NFP fundraising.$file/NFP_FInalRpt_smaller.pdf


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  1. John Coxon said, on July 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    The non-profit sector in Australia totals around 700,000 organisations ranging from multi-nationals such as Red Cross to local sporting club and volunteer run community organisations.

    Around 30,000 of these non-profit organisations employ staff ranging from 1- 1000’s. The contribution by volunteers to the Australian economy is significant and when combined with the contribution of paid employees, ranks the non-profit sector as the third largest industry sector in Australia.

    Governments at both Federal and State level in Australia provide funding to NGO, non-profits for the delivery of community services such as aged care, mental health, alcohol & drug dependency, disability, indigenous health and various community services. These organisations make up the bulk of non-profits that employ staff. The remaining organisations comprise primarily community organisation operated by volunteer groups and funded through a variety of membership and community initiatives.

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