Here you can find key statistics, reports and factsheets about volunteering in Victoria. This includes what the economic and health benefits are as well as a critical look at the latest challenges, successes and trends.

Environmental Volunteering Plan (2018)

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has released their Volunteering for Nature - Environmental Volunteering Plan which addresses the challenges and changing needs of the volunteering community in Victoria. The Plan is a coordinated and revitalised approach to environmental volunteering that supports and fosters a sustainable and valued volunteering community in Victoria.

For further information on environmental volunteering, please email

Environmental Volunteering plan

Value of Volunteering Support Services (2017)

Volunteering Support Services (VSS) promote, resource and support volunteering in local communities across Australia. VSS provide the vital infrastructure to recruit and retain volunteers in a variety of sectors, from civil society, human services, the environment, animal welfare and sporting groups. This report provides a socio-economic analysis and evaluation of the value of Commonwealth funded Volunteering Support Services.

The Value of Volunteering Support Services

Leadership in volunteering survey (2017)

The Ministerial Council for Volunteers (the Council) conducted a survey late to seek the views of those who lead or coordinate volunteers. Findings from this survey helped to inform key points on strengthening and supporting volunteer leadership in Victoria.

Volunteers in Victoria (2017)

The Council’s Volunteers in Victoria: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities report was developed to provide a contemporary narrative for volunteering. It also provides a summary of the known social benefits, economic value and current trends. Findings from this report highlight key trends, challenges and opportunities for volunteering, and have informed the development of strategic priorities to strengthen and support the volunteer sector in Victoria.

Economic Value of Volunteering in Victoria (2012)

The former Department of Planning and Community Development developed this report in order to reliably estimate the important contribution volunteering makes to the Victorian economy. Findings from this report breaks down how the dollar value of volunteering is calculated and its economic impact in Victoria.

Volunteering Victoria – Facts and Stats (2016)

Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focussing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering. This set of fact sheets includes an overview of contemporary research, detailed volunteering data as well information on the health and wellbeing benefits of volunteering.

Volunteering Victoria – Facts and Stats

Volunteering Indicator – Vic Health (2012)

VicHealth Indicators are used to measure community wellbeing with a focus on social determinants of health. This fact sheet on the volunteering indicator gives a brief overview of the relationship between volunteering and health benefits.

Volunteering – Indicator Overview (PDF, 158 KB)

State of Volunteering in Australia (2016)

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body for volunteering, working to advance volunteering in the Australian community. This report details the trends, demographics, challenges and successes in the volunteering sector in Australia.

State of Volunteering in Australia

Giving Australia(2016)

The former Department of Social Services developed this report that collected comprehensive, up-to-date information from individuals, charitable organisations, philanthropists and businesses in Australia and provides critical information about giving and volunteering behaviours, attitudes and trends.

Giving Australia

Volunteering is Catching(2011)

Volunteering is Catching is a study of young people aged 12-25 and their experience of volunteering in Victoria.The report details the areas young people were volunteering, their motivations, the barriers as well as the perceived impact of volunteering.

Volunteering is catching