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01 December 2016

Today sees the release of Giving Australia 2016; a landmark report cataloguing the volunteering and giving habits of Australians. The report is the culmination of research led by QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies in conjunction with Centre for Social Impact Swinburne and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs and funded by the Department of Social Services, and seeks to establish an unprecedented benchmark of how and why Australians give, how much they donate/volunteer and how these factors affect the nonprofit and philanthropy sector.

The largest ever project of its kind, the research examined the giving behaviours of both individuals and business, with the intent of forming a strong evidence base to guide future policy related to charitable enterprise in Australia.

Launched by the Hon Zed Seselja (Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs) in Canberra, the first set of research products from Giving Australia 2016 revealed that: 

  • 80.8% of Australians made charitable donations contributing a total of $12.6B to charities and nonprofit organisations
  • 43.7% of Australians volunteered a total of $932M in support of charities and nonprofits
  • the average amount donated by Australians has increased by $210.16 per annum since the last Giving Australia 2005
  • givers who donated via a planned arrangement contribute six times more than spontaneous givers, and
  • those who volunteer their time are also the most generous with financial donations contributing an average of $1,017 – nearly double that of non-volunteers.

'I know that Giving Australia 2016 will be of real benefit to Australia’s nonprofit sector and the people they help every day, and I am sure it will help foster an even greater culture of giving across Australia,' Senator Seselja said.

Findings will continue to be released into 2017 and will inform policy and practise in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector. To subscribe for updates, go to the Giving Australia 2016 blog or email

Giving Australia 2016 sets an unprecedented benchmark of how and why Australians give, how much they donate or volunteer and the effect these factors have on the nonprofit and philanthropy sector.


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