Volunteering Australia is proud to hold National Volunteer Week every year. The official hashtag for National Volunteer Week was #NVW2019.
Updated resources for National Volunteer Week 2020 will be available from January 2020.
If you have any questions, please email Volunteering Australia.
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Volunteering Australia’s State of Volunteering in Australia report found that 93% of volunteers saw positive outcomes as a direct result of their voluntary participationVolunteering Australia (2016), State of Volunteering in Australia: Help Create Happiness, https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/State-of-Volunteering-in-Australia-full-report.pdf
Volunteering plays a vital role in the development of social cohesion and social connection – both of which help alleviate loneliness.UNVolunteers (2019), 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report The thread that binds Volunteerism and community resilience, https://www.unv.org/sites/default/files/2018%20The%20thread%20that%20binds%20final.pdf
Volunteering provides pathways towards employment through the development of skills, networks and values which are increasingly sought after in professional environments.Brotherhood of St Laurence (2018), An Unfair Australia? Mapping Youth Unemployment Hotspots, http://library.bsl.org.au/jspui/bitstream/1/10573/1/BSL_Unfair_Australia_Mapping_youth_unemployment_hotspots_Mar2018.pdf
Volunteering provides an outlet for the exploration and development of personal interests outside the workplace.Huffington Post (2017), 4 Ways Workplace Giving/Volunteering Can Drive Employee Engagement, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/4-ways-workplace-givingvo_b_8602428
There are an estimated 1 billion volunteers worldwide.UNVolunteers (2019), 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report The thread that binds Volunteerism and community resilience, https://www.unv.org/sites/default/files/2018%20The%20thread%20that%20binds%20final.pdf
The time given by volunteers worldwide is equivalent to 109 million full-time employees.UNVolunteers (2019), 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report The thread that binds Volunteerism and community resilience, https://www.unv.org/sites/default/files/2018%20The%20thread%20that%20binds%20final.pdf
Volunteers are recognized as vital contributors towards the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.NVolunteers (2018), Volunteerism and the Global Goals, https://www.unv.org/volunteerism-and-global-goals
Volunteering extends across all areas of Australian society, from the arts, education, emergency services, sports and environment to health, community welfare, aged care and disability services.DFAT (2018), Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, https://dfat.gov.au/aid/topics/development-issues/2030-agenda/Documents/sdg-voluntary-national-review.pdf
Volunteering Australia defines volunteering as “time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain”.ABS (2018), Collection of Volunteering data in the ABS, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/7d12b0f6763c78caca257061001cc588/b23e1cea513878b7ca258255000dd750!OpenDocument
Australian volunteers contribute an estimated $290 billion to the national economy annually, yielding a 450% return for every dollar invested.Volunteering Australia (2019), VA 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission, https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/wp-content/files_mf/1548911493FINAL_VolunteeringAustralia201920PreBudgetSubmission.pdf
Over 13,000 Australian volunteers have worked overseas in developing countries since the 1950s through community and government supported programs.DFAT (2018), Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, https://dfat.gov.au/aid/topics/development-issues/2030-agenda/Documents/sdg-voluntary-national-review.pdf
In 2016, Australians collectively volunteered 932 million hours in their local communities.DFAT (2018), Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, https://dfat.gov.au/aid/topics/development-issues/2030-agenda/Documents/sdg-voluntary-national-review.pdf