Country Idealist Profiles

Tasmania (Aus) – VolunteerisM & Tasmania Together project

Volunteering is an essential part of our community. It is a major contributor to social capital and community cohesion and allows many organisations to operate in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

Data from a survey made by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the year 2000, revealed that, while the reasons given for volunteering were varied, 47 per cent of individuals Australia-wide responded that ‘volunteering benefits the community’. This supports the view that the work performed by volunteers is crucial to developing stronger communities.

The Tasmanian community has acknowledged the key role of volunteering by including it in the goals of Tasmania Together, the overarching social, environmental and economic plan for the State. Volunteering is incorporated in Goal 3 of Tasmania Together (project that allows the people of Tasmania to not only say what they want, but to work together to achieve their long-term social, economic and environmental future); ‘ Recognise and value the many contributions that volunteers and unpaid workers can – and do – make to their community’ .

http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/policy/partnerships/DepartmentofPremierandCabinet-Policy-PartnershipAgreements-FirstYearReport.html

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