Giving Australia 2016 launched

Giving Australia 2016 launch, Assistant Minister with research partners and Partnership members. Left to right: Wayne Burns, Colleen McGann, Assistant Minister Seselja, Wendy Scaife, Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Peter Treseder, Jo Barraket and Angela Perry
Giving Australia 2016 launch, Assistant Minister with research partners and Partnership members. Left to right: Wayne Burns, Colleen McGann, Assistant Minister Seselja, Wendy Scaife, Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Peter Treseder, Jo Barraket and Angela Perry

The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, launched Giving Australia 2016 at Parliament House.

Assistant Minister Seselja said the Australian Government provided $1.7 million for the three-year research project to better understand how and why Australians give and volunteer, how much they donate and how these factors affect our non-profit and philanthropy sector.

Giving Australia 2016 is the largest review of giving and volunteering in Australia and will establish benchmark data to measure philanthropic and business giving. The research also as provides a strong evidence base to assist future policy decisions to encourage charity in Australia.

Giving Australia 2016 findings include:

  • 14.9 million Australians gave $12.5 billion to charities and non-profit organisations over 12 months in 2015-16
  • planned givers donate six times more than spontaneous givers
  • our Australian volunteers are generous with their time and money. Over 12 months in 2015-16, Australians volunteered 932 million hours and donated an average of $1,017, which is nearly double the contribution of non-volunteers
  • corporate philanthropy is thriving – with large business giving $9 billion and small and medium enterprises giving $8.5 billion, totalling $17.5 billion over the previous financial year.

The research, commissioned by the Department of Social Services, is led by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology, in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.

Giving Australia 2016 fact sheets, background paper and literature review summary report can be found at Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership research projects. Giving Australia 2016 reports will be released progressively in 2017.

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