Volunteering is defined by Volunteering Australia as "time willing given for the common good and without financial gain". This definition was officially updated in July 2015 and you can find out more about it on the Volunteering Australia website.
The term ‘volunteering’ covers many different types of activities, and includes both formal volunteering within organisations, and more informal volunteer roles outside of organisations.
Best practice guidelines for volunteering indicate that it should not be exploitative, or be used to replace paid employment.
In 2010, the sport and physical recreation sector attracted the largest number of volunteers (14% of the adult population or 2.3 million people).
Volunteering Australia proced a comprehensive overview Australian volunteers in April 2015, including their frequency, location and demographics.
This section covers some of the main types of volunteering in Queensland.