National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering with thousands of events and activities held across the country during 15 – 21 May 2023.
- National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering with thousands of events and activities held across the country during 15 – 21 May 2023.
- National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to connect and celebrate diverse volunteering stories across the state.
- Join Volunteering WA as we celebrate National Volunteer Week 2023. #NVW2023 is a celebration of our power to drive change and ensure volunteering is inclusive of all members of the Australian community.
- The theme for National Volunteer Week 2023 is The Change Makers. Our vision for the future will see volunteering thrive. We are the change makers.
We encourage all volunteer involving organisations to proudly promote NVW celebrations and use the resources widely to help increase the awareness of the vital role volunteers play in our lives.
- Volunteering WA is the peak body for volunteering in Western Australia, working across community, government, corporate and education organisations to provide leadership,advancement and the celebration of volunteering.
- Volunteering WA proudly represents 750 organisations and 523,000 volunteers across the State.
Volunteering in Western Australia
- 1 in 4 Western Australians generously donate their time and effort through formal volunteering. (1)
- 523,600 (25.6%) Western Australians volunteer each year through community organisations,groups or clubs. (1)
- Consistent with national trends there has been a loss of over 150,000 volunteers in WA - a 22% reduction over the past six years. (2)
The value of volunteering
- Volunteers are reportedly happier and healthier people, with volunteering increasing feelings of self-worth, connectedness and providing overall better mental health.
- 95% of employers believe volunteering is a credible way to gain real world experience; and 92% believe volunteer experience gives an advantage at job interviews. (4)
- 77% of volunteers did so to help others and their community; 66% for personal satisfaction; 37% due to personal/family involvement; and 34% did so for the social connection. (5)
Volunteering in Australia
- 5 million Australians volunteer their time (489 million hours) each year to support community organisations, groups and clubs. (1)
- The 70+ years age bracket has the highest formal volunteering participation rates at 29.3%;followed by 40-54 year olds (28.9%); 55-69 years (23.3%); 15-24 years (20.7%); and 25-39 years (17.5%). (3)
- Sport and recreation groups are the biggest benefactors, with over 30% of Australians volunteering their time to support.(5)
*1 ABS 4159.0 General Social Survey, ABS, 2020 tables 6.3, 11.1
*2 ABS 4159.0 General Social Survey, ABS, 2020 tables 6.3, 11.1 and 2019 tables 9.1, 15.1, 15.3 and 2014
*3 General Social Survey, ABS, 2020 Table 2.3
*4 SEEK, Get ahead in volunteering in 2018, https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/get-ahead-in-volunteering-in-2018
*5 General Social Survey, ABS, 2020, Table 10.1, 10.3