The percentage of Victorians who volunteer in the sector reflects both social benefits to volunteers through building a sense of identity and of community, but also economic benefit to creative and cultural industries which employ the volunteers.

The measure is derived from the Australia Council - National Arts Participation survey which incorporates a broad range of creative and cultural activity and is not limited to State-owned institutions or supported organisations.

The rate of volunteering in Victoria has increased over the history of this survey.

For this metric, the Australia Council asked: "Have you done volunteer work for the arts / unpaid" and/or "helped out artists or community groups with arts activities?"

In 2019, 16% of Victorians answered 'yes' to this question.


In 2019, 16% of respondents to the National Arts Participation survey (by the Australia Council for the arts) said they has done volunteer work or helped artists or community groups with arts activities.  Compared to 17% in 2016 and 15% in 2013

Please note the change in methodology between the 2016 and 2019 survey: 2013 and 2016 surveys represent online and telephone survey samples, 2019 methodology comprises online respondents only. 2016 data presented here may differ from the online only data published in the National Arts Participation Survey report.

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