Country Idealist Profiles

Australian Capital Territory – Volunteerism

The ACT and Queensland had the highest proportion of volunteers in 2006, with 38% of their population volunteering (ABS 2006). In the ACT the average volunteer contribution was 52 hours per year in 2006 or about 4 hours a week. The activities most frequently reported by volunteers were fundraising, preparing and serving food and training.

Unlike paid staff, volunteers are not covered by awards or work-place agreements. Volunteers however do have rights, some which are enshrined in legislation and some which could be considered the moral obligations of an organisation involving volunteers.

Participation in voluntary work by part of state


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