South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.

Target:

24. Volunteering:

Maintain a high level of formal and informal volunteering in South Australia at 70% participation rate or higher



Key Measure

 

Explanatory Comments

Harrison Research has undertaken surveys on volunteering levels in the community since 2006.  The 2014 survey was conducted on a statewide basis covering a sample of 1,500 households weighted to the age, gender and geographic profile of South Australia.

Of those people surveyed, 68% reported that they volunteered in some form. 48% reported being involved in formal volunteering and 44% reported being engaged in informal volunteering (some people were engaged in both). These findings are within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 2.5% and show a statistically stable pattern over time for the total proportion involved in volunteering. 

The 68% equates to more than 907,000 people aged 15 to 84 years volunteering in some way.  While the 2014 survey result is lower than the 71% recorded in 2012, it is consistent with the 69% recorded in 2010. These findings are within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 2.5% and show a statistically stable pattern over time for the total proportion involved in volunteering. 

The Volunteering in South Australia in 2014 survey report was formally launched in November 2014, in conjunction with International Volunteer Managers Day, and is publicly available via the Office for Volunteer’s website (www.ofv.sa.gov.au).

The SASP Household survey previously provided data for this target; however the SASP Household survey has been discontinued. Progress on the achievement of this target will be provided shortly following a new volunteer participation survey that will be commissioned in mid-2016.

Lead Agency

Office for Volunteers