Volunteer survey

Volunteering in South Australia survey

The Volunteering in South Australia in 2014 survey report (PDF 796KB), conducted by Harrison Research and involving more than 1,500 respondents aged 15 years or over, reveals that volunteer participation in South Australia continues to remain high.

The 2014 report results show that more than 900,000 South Australians donate their time and energy to contribute to the community.  

Approximately 48% of respondents volunteered formally with a local community organisation or group, while 44% volunteered on an informal basis, for example helping a neighbour with their grocery shopping.

These efforts contribute to an estimated 1.7 million volunteer hours per week.

Other interesting results from the 2014 survey are that:

  • Volunteering is more common amongst those who:
    • are female
    • are aged between 35 and 54 years
    • are in paid employment
    • are university educated
    • were born in Australia
    • reside in a couple family and are married or in a de facto relationship.
  • Welfare and community groups dominate the types of organisations at which people volunteer (35%), followed by sport and physical recreation (31%), education and training (18%), religious groups (13%), health (7%) and emergency services (6%).
  • The top three drivers for volunteering include: 'to help others or the community' (40%), 'giving something back' (19%) and 'personal satisfaction' (14%).
  • The proportion of regional respondents engaged in formal volunteering in 2014 remains significantly higher (61%) compared to metropolitan respondents (44%).
  • The single biggest reason cited for those who did not formally volunteer was 'work commitments' (44%) followed by 'family commitments' (24%). 
  • The majority of respondents (97%) see some benefits to the community from volunteering - 25% felt that 'it builds community spirit and facilitates social cohesion', 24% stated that 'people get help they would otherwise not get', and 19% believed 'many community projects would cease to exist.'