Country Idealist Profiles

Volunteerism Definitions in the Northern Territory

The definition of volunteering, according to Volunteering Territory:
Volunteering is an activity whereby individuals choose to willingly work without an expectation of remuneration to provide a service with a community focus. Volunteer work extends beyond one’s basic obligations and can represent an important expression of social responsibility.

  • Volunteering is of benefit to the community and the volunteer.
  • Volunteering is not undertaken in order to receive pensions or benefits.
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way for citizens to participate in the activities of their community.
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs.
  • Volunteering is an activity which takes place in not for profit organisations and projects. Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
  •  Volunteering does not threaten the livelihood of paid workers.
  • Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.



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