The 2021 NSW State of Volunteering report showcases the value of the nearly 4.9 million residents across NSW who gave more than 1.5 billion hours as volunteers in 2020, delivering around $127 billion in benefits to the economy.
The study showed that volunteers are a frontline workforce, delivering services to communities in:
not-for-profit organisations (2.6 million volunteers in 2020)
private sector organisations (0.7 million volunteers in 2020)
governments (0.6 million volunteers in 2020).
There is also a range of informal volunteering.
The report also showcases the characteristics of volunteers, volunteering and volunteer-involving organisations.
It contains a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the social, cultural and economic impacts of volunteering on communities in NSW.
The research presented in this report is a great reminder of how important the volunteer sector is and that government, business and the broader community continue to value, engage and invest in volunteering.