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10 November 2020
Today, Volunteering Queensland announced that it, in partnership with Queensland Water and Land Carers, will be undertaking the inaugural State of Volunteering in Queensland report.
The report will help shape a strong future for volunteering in the state by quantifying the economic and social value of volunteering. It will also identify key characteristics and emerging trends for volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and the volunteering sector as a whole.
Volunteering Queensland’s CEO, Mara Basanovic, said “Volunteering in Queensland is at risk due to a steady decline in participation rates over the last decade and more recently due to the impacts of COVID-19,"
“Volunteering rates have seen a marked decrease from 35.4 per cent in 2010, 26.6 per cent in 2014, to 18.8 per cent in 2016 (ABS data),"
"Now, more than ever, we need robust data to guide the future roadmap so volunteering can continue to meet the increasing demands on services.”
The research project will undertake surveys of both Queensland residents and volunteer involving organisations to take a deep dive into the detail of the challenges and opportunities to enhance volunteering in Queensland.
The survey data will result in a flagship report into the status and value, both economic and social, of volunteering through a State of Volunteering report in Queensland.
"This report will provide an empirical evidence base from which the value and impact of volunteering can be evaluated and celebrated.” Ms Basanovic said.
The report will be launched during National Volunteer Week in May 2021 and will shape Volunteering Queensland’s advocacy program and key priorities to support the sector moving forward.