Volunteering Tasmania has lead a two-year review into the definition of volunteering, culminating this week with the announcement of the new definition:
“Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.”
The way volunteering is defined has a critical impact.
The new, wider definition will help improve the understanding of the magnitude of the volunteer community; and aid in appropriate acknowledgement of the total economic contribution of volunteering to society.
The change in the definition may also impact on future legislation and policy, and lessening the distinction between profit making and not for profit entities in the growth of social enterprise in Australia.