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Volunteering in Australia

Volunteering in Australia

Edited by Melanie Oppenheimer and Jeni Warburton


In recent years, there have been significant changes to volunteering in Australia. Changes to government policies and non-profit practice have led to differences in how people volunteer, what they do and where they give their time.

Volunteering in Australia provides a critical snapshot of the issues and trends in volunteering today and their impact on Australian society. It demonstrates how change provides a fluid and contested space for volunteers and their organisations. No longer can volunteering remain outside the broad parameters of our economic and social futures.

This book draws on a wide range of expertise from leading Australians, who discuss cutting edge issues such as spontaneous volunteering, voluntourism and new forms of voluntary action.

Volunteering in Australia provides a valuable and accessible resource for volunteers across the myriad of non-profit organisations, universities, and policymakers at all levels. This is essential reading for all those interested in the future of our society.




          Melanie Oppenheimer and Jeni Warburton
1. A Short History of Volunteering in Australia
          Melanie Oppenheimer


2. Volunteering and Recent Governance Reforms
           Myles McGregor-Lowndes
3. Organisational (Mis)Behaviour of Volunteers: Profiles and Perspectives
          Megan Paull and Maryam Omari
4. Volunteering and Human Resource Management
           Graham Cuskelly and Wendy O’Brien
5. Blurring the Boundaries: Volunteering and Participation Requirements
           Marc Levy
6. Measuring Volunteering
           Lisel O’Dwyer
7. Formal Volunteering, Volunteer Infrastructure and Government
           Annette Maher


8. Volunteering and Ageing
           Jeni Warburton
9. Volunteer Tourism and International Contexts
           Kirsten Holmes
10. Spontaneous Volunteering: Trends and Challenges in the Australian Context
           Jo Barraket, Robyn Keast and Cameron Newton
11. Volunteering in Rural and Regional Australia: Trends and Implications
           Rachel Winterton
12. Volunteering in Traditional and Social Welfare Organisations: Current Challenges and Opportunities
           Jeni Warburton, Melanie Oppenheimer and Melissa Moore
13. Volunteering and Sport
           Pam Kappelides and Russell Hoye



Reviews of predecessor:

"Volunteers and Volunteering, edited by Jeni Warburton and Melanie Oppenheimer, examines the nature of volunteering in Australia, the contexts in which it occurs, and the future role of volunteering, especially in the Third Sector.

The contributors are eminent researchers in social and political affairs, and as such the book provides an insightful analysis of the issues affecting volunteers and the voluntary sector, and in locating this critical enterprise (worth $42 billion per annum according to Ironmonger, p56) in the broader social, economic and political frameworks.

[The book] provides essential reading for community organisations and government departments, managers of volunteers, practitioners in the field, volunteers themselves, and students in a range of fields where there is increasing interaction with volunteers in diverse circumstances and situations."

Australian Journal of Volunteering, 2002

"Volunteers and Volunteering charts the importance of volunteers and volunteering in Australia's history as well as its impact on the political, economic and social fabric. The book explores the impact of volunteers on social policy and practice in what the editors … describe as a policy vacuum. Michael Pusey argues cogently that a 20-year program of economic restructuring has led to the shrinking of government-based support with a consequent "dumping" of the costs of civil society. … Jenny Onyx and Rosemary Leonard explore the impact of social capital on the economic and social functioning of Australian society. … It is worth seeing volunteering in terms of social capital, particularly in order to focus beyond the valuable outcomes it provides in terms of goods and services. Volunteering is more than a cheap form of value-adding, it's part and parcel of the civic values of a society that should be characterised as a caring community.

Volunteers and Volunteering is a well argued and timely reminder of this fact."

Educare News, Issue 113

"…this collection of essays represent a starting point for more meaningful dialogue on volunteerism in Australia. Hopefully it will enable us to get over the 'silent barriers' that have been built in the past based on ignorance of both the importance and impacts of volunteering. It may raise awkward questions relating to equity and volition, but it has to be done. Any volunteers?"

Michael Wright, NSW Fire Brigade Employees' Union, Worksite October 2002


Published 20 October 2014
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862879836
Australian RRP $49.95
International Price $45.00
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