Type of volunteering engaged with

Feb 25, 2020

Q. Which, if any, of the following types of organisations do you currently volunteer for?

    Age Employment Status
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
Organisations providing support services, such as volunteer fire services, animal rescue and other charities 16% 25% 11% 12% 18% 10% 13%
Sports clubs or arts-based organisations 14% 22% 10% 10% 17% 10% 9%
Volunteer organisations linked with schools (e.g. reading support) 11% 16% 13% 5% 16% 6% 5%
Organisations promoting causes, such as environmental groups, political campaigns 10% 18% 9% 5% 14% 6% 6%
Church or faith-based organisations 9% 11% 9% 8% 10% 7% 9%
Community organisations, such as Scouts or historical societies 9% 14% 5% 7% 10% 6% 10%
None of these 59% 44% 64% 66% 53% 71% 62%
Base (n) 1,090 341 374 375 592 243 222
  • 41% of participants volunteer at one of the listed organisations – with organisations providing support services (16%) most frequently selected.
  • 18-34 year olds, university educated and participants working in paid employment are more likely to volunteer for any listed organisation.
  • Capital city residents and those with dependent children are more likely to volunteer at an organisation linked with schools (13% and 18% respectively) or promoting causes (12% and 14%) than non-capital city residents (both 7%) and those without dependent children (7% and 8%).
  • Greens voters are most likely to volunteer for an organisation providing support services (27%).

Support for Government initiatives for volunteers

Feb 25, 2020

Q. People have suggested a number of things the government could do to encourage people to volunteer more. How strongly do you support or oppose each of the following?

  NET: Support NET: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Allow volunteers to claim travel and other expenses from volunteering as tax deductions 69% 10% 29% 40% 21% 6% 4%
The government reimburses volunteers directly for any out of pocket expenses from volunteering 60% 14% 25% 35% 25% 9% 5%
Give companies tax breaks when they allow their staff to take time off to do volunteer work 58% 11% 20% 38% 31% 7% 4%
  • 69% of participants support allowing volunteers to claim travel and other expenses from volunteering as tax deductions, 60% support the government directly reimbursing volunteers for any out of pocket expenses from volunteering and 58% support giving companies tax breaks when they allow their staff to take time off to do volunteer work.
  • Greens voters are most likely to support giving companies tax breaks when they allow their staff to take time off to do volunteer work (70%) whereas, independent/other party voters are least likely to support that suggestion (47%).

Involvement in election campaign

Aug 26, 2013

Q. Over the last few weeks, which of the following types of involvement have you had in the Federal election campaign?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Met one of my local candidates

8%

10%

8%

5%

Received election leaflets in my letterbox

55%

57%

56%

66%

Been door-knocked by a political party

4%

5%

4%

3%

Been handed election materials in the street

7%

9%

7%

6%

Had a phone call from a political party

5%

5%

6%

7%

Been surveyed by phone or door-to-door (not online surveys)

4%

6%

4%

1%

Seen TV advertising or heard radio advertising from political parties

57%

60%

58%

66%

Watched interviews with politicians on TV or heard them on radio

44%

43%

46%

56%

Read articles about the election in newspapers or magazines

38%

35%

39%

53%

Been to a political meeting or event

2%

2%

2%

Seen election advertising on Youtube or Facebook

8%

11%

6%

12%

Joined a Facebook group related to the election

4%

5%

2%

5%

Done volunteer work for a candidate (e.g. letterboxing)

1%

1%

1%

1%

None of these

26%

22%

27%

17%

57% say they have seen TV or heard radio advertising from political parties, 55% have received election leaflets in their letterbox, 44% have watched or heard interviews with politicians on TV or radio and 38% have read articles about the election.

Greens voters were more likely to watch or listen to interviews with politicians (56%) and read articles (53%).

Older respondents tended to be more engaged with the election – of those aged 55+, 59% had watched or listened to interviews with politicians and 51% had read articles about the election.

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