Volunteering Tasmania recently provided a submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on the way volunteering data is collected.
Volunteering Tasmania has been a passionate voice for full resourcing of the ABS. We know how important consistent, reliable and impartial data is to our policy and research work.
Importantly, Volunteering Tasmania notes the need for the ABS to better align its data collection with the new definition of volunteering – one that better captures new and innovative ways that people volunteer their time.
In our daily work we also see the need for better collection of data at the local, community level. This is vital to properly recognize the contribution of volunteers in regional areas of Tasmania. We also know that it is valuable when Volunteer Involving Organisations are seeking to apply for grants or to report on levels of volunteering and giving in their community.
Read our full submission here.