Research & Reports

A strong research and evidence base is essential to our purposes to promote and build a vibrant, strong volunteering community that is inclusive, respected and sustainable.

A robust evidence base ensures that our advocacy, policy and operational work is all underpinned by current best practice.

Research and service delivery go hand in hand to ensure Volunteering Victoria can continue to effectively support the volunteering sector.

Do you know any research projects or reports that should be included here?
We want to hear from you. Contact us at [email protected] to submit research projects or reports.

State Interest

Community Giving in First Nations Communities

Volunteering Victoria, 2022

As part of grant funding from the Australian Government, Volunteering Victoria partnered with Community First Development to understand practices of community giving in First Nations communities in Gippsland. The project included a series of yarn ups with local community members in the region and highlighted the strengths of First Nations community giving.

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LOHVE Benchmarking Infographic 2022

LOHVE Network – Bendigo Health
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Pathways to culturally diverse volunteering towards COVID-19 recovery

Volunteer West, 2021
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The role of volunteering in protecting against loneliness in rural populations

Tara Williams – LaTrobe Rural Health School
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State of Volunteering Report 2020

Volunteering Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian Government
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National Interest

The Great Reset: Volunteering in Tasmania post COVID-19

Volunteering Tasmania, 2022

Drawing on consultations and conversations with organisations and volunteers over the last two years, Volunteering Tasmania have developed a view on how the COVID-19 pandemic period has already and will continue to shape volunteering into the future.

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Volunteering Research Papers Initiative

Volunteering Australia, 2022

As part of the development of the National Strategy for Volunteering, Volunteering Australia recently launched the Volunteering Research Papers Initiative. The research papers capture evidence on a wide range of topics related to volunteering and outline key insights for policy and practice. These insights will directly inform the development of the National Strategy for Volunteering.

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National Volunteering Research Network

Volunteering Australia, 2021

The National Volunteering Research Network facilitates the sharing of information and knowledge between researchers and members of the wider volunteering ecosystem and aims to lead to greater collaboration and enhance research translation and policy engagement to advance volunteering in the Australian community. People interested in attending or learning more should contact Maddie Dorin ([email protected]).

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COVID-19 Community Sector Impact Survey

Our Community, 2021
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Research Briefing: Volunteering during the first year of COVID-19

Volunteering Australia, 2021
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RE-ENGAGING VOLUNTEERS AND COVID-19 

Volunteering Australia, 2021
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Giving Australia

Charities Aid Foundation, 2019
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The Social and Economic Sustainability of WA’s Rural Volunteer Workforce

Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, 2019
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Human Resources and Volunteer Management: A shared approach

Volunteering SA and NT, 2018
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Statistics

Census 2021: Unpaid work and care

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2021
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ABS General Social Survey: Summary Results 2019

AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS), 2019

This ABS report and accompanying data cubes are the main source of detailed statistics on voluntary work in Australia. It includes rates of participation in voluntary work, characteristics of people who volunteer, the reasons people volunteer, information on the nature of the voluntary work undertaken and reimbursement.

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