2019 National Volunteer Week 2019-04-08T13:25:50+00:00

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National Volunteer Week 2019 is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

From 20–26 May 2019, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time.

The week-long celebration will include breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics,
forums and training sessions.

In Tasmania, we will kick off the week with the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards at Government House and will spend the rest of the week with our Member organisations thanking, celebrating and recognising the amazing efforts of  volunteers in communities around the state.

The new National Volunteer Week theme: Making a world of difference.


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National Volunteer Week Facts

  • An estimated total of 932 million hours was volunteered during 2016.
  • The rates of volunteering are highest among males aged 45-54 years at 302,612 people.
  • The rates of volunteering are highest among women aged 35-44 at 399,889 people.
  • Overall, the rates of volunteering are highest in the 45-54 year age group at 679,602 people.
  • Business volunteering in the workplace is increasing, with 63% of large companies having a workplace volunteering program, 30% of mid-sized businesses, and 6% of small business.
  • Almost 90% of large businesses reported allocating more resources to volunteering, compared to 10 years ago, and wanted to see more of their workforce participate in workplace volunteering.
  • Almost three-quarters of large businesses or 72%, indicated they encouraged employee giving by allocating paid time for volunteering.
  • Those who volunteered (87.4%) also engaged in charitable donation.
  • Research demonstrates that volunteering yields a 450% return for every dollar invested. Nationally, this is an estimated annual contribution of $290 billion.
  • Volunteering activities present identifiable benefits to the community, with formal volunteering contributing an estimated 743 million hours to the Australian economy in 2014.
  • Volunteering Australia’s State of Volunteering in Australia report found that 46% of people have undertaken informal volunteering, predominantly by taking care of someone in the community.
  • 77% of informal volunteers were encouraged to informally volunteer to support those in their community.
  • Volunteers are inspired to be involved in volunteering as it allows them to give something back to the community.
  • Volunteers are motivated to volunteer by a personal belief in a cause or issue.
  • Volunteers are driven to volunteer to make a difference.
  • The State of Volunteering in Australia Report found that 93% of people saw positive changes as a result of their volunteering efforts.


National Volunteer Week Facts – Tasmania

  • Volunteering provides a total benefit to Tasmania of  $4.9 Billion.
  • 4 out of 5 Tasmanian’s volunteer donating 7.1 million hours (SOVR 2014).
  • Tasmanians want to volunteer more.
  • People aged between 65 and 74 volunteer on average 22.8 hours per month.
  • There are approximately 2,000 volunteer involving organisations throughout Tasmania across the non-for-profit, government and private sectors.
  • Volunteering is Tasmania’s largest industry by employment.
  • Over 4,000 tourists visit Tasmanian for the purpose of volunteering.
  • For every dollar invested in volunteering, at least $4 in benefits are returned to the community.


Contact the team at Volunteering Tasmania for more tips on how to celebrate your volunteers during National Volunteer Week.  Freecall 1800 677 895