Research & Publications

Research and publications are two key focus areas for Volunteering Australia. Below are some examples of some of research projects and publications Volunteering Australia is a part of.

Volunteering Australia and the Institute of Project Management launch new partnership

Volunteering Australia has partnered with the Institute of Project Management (IPM) to launch a comprehensive report on the value enabled by Volunteering Support Services (VSSs) in Australia. This has been possible by our Foundation Members and Volunteering Support Services.

The aim of this report is to:

  • Quantify the social and economic contribution that Volunteering Support Services make to the Australian community;
  • Provide a robust social and economic evidence-base to assist stakeholders in making strategic decisions about future resource allocation; and
  • Benchmark the outcomes of Volunteering Support Services in Australia, to measure future performance and the impact of strategic changes.

The preparation of the report will involve conducting a detailed review of relevant literature, consultations with key Volunteering Support Services, and engagement with the broader community on their benefits. A census will be distributed in the coming months to inform the report and gauge feedback.

Volunteering to Learn

Murdoch University, Volunteering Australia, Volunteering WA and other academic and government supporters launched the Volunteering to Learn website and resources.

University student volunteering is a practice adopted by universities to enhance student learning, yet little is known about the how and why of this learning.  This project, “Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities”, took place from 2013 – 2015. The project identified how universities, students and host organisations work together to enable successful outcomes for all parties.

Good Practice Guides and Concept Guides have been developed from the project which identified three types of university student volunteers, four types of host organisations and eight models in operation across Australian universities.  A Companion Guide has been developed to accompany the Good Practice and Concept Guides and to offer more information on some aspects of University Student Volunteering.

Evaluating the volunteering infrastructure legacy of the Olympic Games: Sydney 2000 and London 2012

Volunteering Australia provided support for the report into Evaluating the volunteer infrastructure legacy of the Olympic Games: Sydney 2000 and London 2012. The report examines how Olympic volunteer programmes can lead to post-Games volunteer legacies for host cities through engagement with the established volunteer infrastructure in host cities before, during and after the events. The report, published in 2016, was co-written by Dr Kirsten Holmes (Curtin & VWA), Assoc Prof Leonie Lockstone-Binney (William Anglis Institute & VV), Assoc. Prof Karen Smith ( Victoria University Wellington & VNZ) and Dr Richard Shipway (University of Bournemouth, UK).