The methodology used in this report was first undertaken in Tasmania in 2014, in Western Australia in 2015 and again in Tasmania in 2019. Iterations of the method have also been successfully applied to economy-wide valuations of public–private goods such as sport and physical recreation, live music, the Arts, and major events.
Volunteering is defined here as ‘Time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.’ This definition was developed by Volunteering Australia in 2015 and adopted by all volunteering peak bodies from all states and territories.
In this report, volunteering includes both:
- formal volunteering where someone volunteers with an organisation, association, club, corporation or government, and
- informal volunteering where an individual is not associated with another entity, but still gives time for the common good to the community.