Assistant Minister launches Giving Australia 2016

1 Dec 2016Ms Stasia Dabrowski OAM, National Finalist Australia's Local Hero 2017, was the special guest at the launch of Giving Australia

The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, launched Giving Australia 2016, Australia’s largest review of giving and volunteering, at Parliament House today.

“The Commonwealth Government provided $1.7 million for Giving Australia 2016 to better understand how and why Australians give and volunteer, how much they donate and how these factors affect our non-profit and philanthropy sector,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

The research is a comprehensive, up-to-date collection of information from individuals, charitable organisations, philanthropists and businesses providing critical information about giving and volunteering behaviours, attitudes and trends.

It will establish benchmark data to measure progress on philanthropic giving of time and money, providing a strong evidence base to assist future policy decisions to encourage more charity in Australia.

Giving Australia 2016 findings include:

  • 14.9 million Australians gave $12.5 billion to charities and non-profit organisations over 12 months in 2015-16
  • planned givers donate six times more than spontaneous givers
  • our Australian volunteers are generous with their time and money. Over 12 months in
    2015-16, Australians volunteered 932 million hours and donated an average of $1017, which is nearly double the contribution of non-volunteers
  • corporate philanthropy is thriving – with large business giving $9 billion and small and medium enterprises giving $8.5 billion, totalling $17.5 billion over the previous financial year.

The research, commissioned by the Department of Social Services, is led by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology, in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.

Giving Australia 2016 fact sheets, background paper and literature review summary report can be found at Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership research projects. Giving Australia 2016 reports will be released progressively in 2017.

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