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Volunteer

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term327272
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/11/2014
Indigenous, Endorsed 16/09/2014
Disability, Standard 07/10/2014
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Help on this termA person who willingly gives unpaid help in the form of time, service or skills through an organisation or group.
Context:Help on this termVoluntary work is an important contribution to national life. It meets needs within the community at the same time as it develops and reinforces social networks and cohesion.

Collection and usage attributes

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The reimbursement of expenses in full or part (for example, token payments) or small gifts (for example, sports club T-shirts or caps) is not regarded as payment of salary, and people who receive these are still considered to be voluntary workers.

People who receive payment in kind for the work they do (for example, receiving farm produce as payment for work done on a farm, rather than cash) are not considered to be volunteers.

An organisation or group is any body with a formal structure. It may be as large as a national charity or as small as a local book club. Purely ad hoc, informal and temporary gatherings of people do not constitute an organisation.

Persons on Community Service Orders and other similar work programs are not considered volunteers.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics 2000 Voluntary Work, Australia Cat No. 4441.0. Canberra: ABS

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Volunteer, version 2, DEC, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (13.8 KB)

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Service provider organisation—full-time equivalent staff (volunteer/unpaid), total N[NNN{.N}] Indigenous, Endorsed 16/09/2014
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Service provider organisation—hours worked (volunteer/unpaid staff), total NNNNN Community Services (retired), Superseded 27/04/2007

Service provider organisation—hours worked (volunteer/unpaid staff), total NNNNN Disability, Standard 07/10/2014
Community Services (retired), Standard 27/04/2007

Service provider organisation—hours worked by volunteer/unpaid staff Health, Standard 13/11/2014

Service provider organisation—hours worked by volunteer/unpaid staff, total N[NNNNNN] Health, Standard 13/11/2014

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Service type outlet—hours worked (volunteer/unpaid staff), total hours NNNNN Disability, Superseded 17/12/2017
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Staffed residential services mental health service type cluster Health, Standard 13/11/2014

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