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Women More Likely to Volunteer Than Men- ABS


2 December 2011 at 9:30 am
Lina Caneva
More than one-third of Australians did voluntary work last year, with more women volunteering than men, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Lina Caneva | 2 December 2011 at 9:30 am


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Women More Likely to Volunteer Than Men- ABS
2 December 2011 at 9:30 am

More than one-third of Australians did voluntary work last year, with more women volunteering than men, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In 2010, 36% of Australians aged 18 years and over participated in voluntary work 38%  of women and 34% of men.

 

Despite the pressures of balancing work and family life, the ABS says people who were employed were most likely to be volunteers  –  44% of those with part-time work and 38% with full-time work, compared to 20% of those unemployed and 31% of those not in the labour force.

Women working part-time had the highest rate of volunteering (49%). For parents with school-aged children, those in a couple relationship had the highest rate of participation in voluntary work (55%).

 

Sport and physical recreation organisations were the most common type that people volunteered for, accounting for 63% of volunteering fathers and 47% of volunteering mothers with children. People over 65 most commonly volunteered for welfare and community organisations (37%).

 

The ABS says volunteering runs in the family – 66% of volunteers reported that their parents had undertaken voluntary work and volunteers were more likely to have participated in group or community activities as a child.

 

As well as volunteering through organisations, 64% of volunteers had also provided informal assistance in the last 4 weeks to people outside of their household, such as relatives, friends and neighbours.

Volunteers were also more likely than non-volunteers to provide care to someone with a disability, long-term health condition or problems with old age (27% compared to 17% for non-volunteers).

 

The Statistics are at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/4441.0Main%20Features22010?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=4441.0&issue=2010&num=&view=


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.

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