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%).

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