3 in 10 people are volunteers
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported here that 31% of the Australian population aged 15 and over participate in voluntary work. Over a 12-month period, volunteers contribute an estimated 743 million hours to the community. This equates to an estimated value of voluntary work in not-for-profit organisations of $17 billion (ABS 2015).
Almost two-thirds (63%) of people who volunteered did so for 1 organisation, 24% for 2 organisations and 14% for 3 or more. The most common types of organisations were sports and recreation (31%), education and training (24%) welfare/community (21%), and religious groups (19%).
Like everything else in our society, volunteering is evolving, and volunteers are looking to contribute in different ways that match their skills and time constraints. As such, it’s vital for organisations and associations who rely on volunteers to have access to flexible voluntary workers insurance solutions.
Today’s volunteer doesn’t necessarily want to sign up for long-term commitments, but they do want to use their talents and skills to make a difference to a cause they believe in.
As outlined by Probono Australia here, Volunteering shouldn’t just be for people with a combination of time and money. Everyone, no matter what your background deserves to experience the many benefits of volunteering.
Whether they are motivated by enhancing their CV, building their networks or wanting to make a world of difference we need to ensure that volunteers and volunteer involving organisations are adequately resourced for their tasks.
Volunteers are not a money-saving device, and lack of access to reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses should not be a barrier to volunteering. The costs of supporting the work of volunteers should be considered as an investment in the community as should their protection by way of a tailored insurance solution.
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