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  • On average Victorian creative and cultural organisations rely on volunteer and pro bono services for 45% of income support
  • 17% of Victorians engage in volunteer work in the arts, this is higher than the national average of 15%
  • Organisations and projects funded by Creative Victoria are assisted by over 730,000 volunteer hours annually, equivalent to 91,298 full days*

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  • The importance of volunteer and pro bono services to the arts and culture sector is clear when a monetary value is calculated. At present, nearly one third of all private income support for organisations is derived through volunteering and pro bono services, worth $180 million^.
  • The arts and culture sector include a large number of micro organisations+ that depend on volunteer and pro bono services. Creative Partners Australia’s 2018/19 survey found these micros organisations depend on volunteer and pro bono services for three-quarters of their income.
  • Outer-metro and non-metro art and culture organisations are also more dependent upon volunteer and pro bono services, making up 75% and 55% of support received respectively, than inner metro art and culture organisations (18%).
  • Media and communications, which include publishing, film production, radio and television and libraries, are the most dependent on volunteer and pro bono services (68% of support received).
    • Societies (including historical, poetry and literary societies) and Museums and Galleries are also heavily reliant on volunteers (59% and 34% respectively of all support received).
  • In 2016 an average of 15% of Australians did volunteer work to support artists, arts organisations and arts projects.

Victoria logoVictorian results

  • On average Victoria relies on volunteer and pro bono services for 45% of income support (more than the national average of nearly one third).
  • Victorians are more likely to volunteer for the arts than Australians as a whole. In 2016, 17% of Victorians volunteered for the arts or helped artists or community groups with arts activities compared to the national average of 15%.
  • In 2018, Creative Victorian funded organisations and projects were assisted by over 730,000 volunteer hours.

Volunteer hours

State Cultural Organisations 2018 98,901
Key Arts Organisations 2017 530,000
Funded Arts Projects 2018 101,480
Total 730,381

Data sources

Information about Volunteering in the Creative and cultural sector comes from multiple sources:

  • In 2018 Creative Partnerships Australia released the results of Giving Attitude: Private Sector Support Survey, which quantifies the value of volunteer services to the national and Victorian creative and cultural sector.
  • The Australia Council’s The National Arts Participation survey of 2016 includes rates of volunteering in the arts both nationally and in Victoria.
  • Data collected from organisations and projects funded by Creative Victoria provides a good indication of the number of volunteer hours provided to the Victorian sector annually.

* Based on an 8-hour day for 2017.
^ Private income support is comprised of cash support (through donations, sponsorship, bequests and fundraising), volunteer and pro bono services and in-kind support reported by those organisations surveyed by Creative Partnerships in 2018/19.
+ (turnover <$50,000)