In Toowoomba 21% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2011.
The voluntary work sector is an important part of Australia's economy. The level of volunteering can indicate the cohesiveness of the community and how readily individuals are able to contribute to that community. Factors impacting on the level of volunteering in Toowoomba include the Age Structure of the population, the level of Proficiency in English, Income and Education levels.
Derived from the Census question:
'In the last twelve months did the person spend any time doing voluntary work through an organisation or group?'
Persons aged 15 years and over.
|Toowoomba - Total persons (Enumerated)||2011||2006||Change|
|Volunteer status||Number||%||Regional QLD %||Number||%||Regional QLD %||2006 to 2011|
|Not a volunteer||82,934||71.1||71.8||76,894||70.1||70.3||+6,040||9002|
|Volunteer work not stated||8,865||7.6||9.5||8,226||7.5||10.6||+639||9003|
|Total persons aged 15+||116,625||100.0||100.0||109,679||100.0||100.0||+6,946|
Analysis of the voluntary work performed by the population in Toowoomba in 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people who volunteered for an organisation or group.
Overall, 21.3% of the population reported performing voluntary work, compared with 18.7% for Regional QLD.
The number of volunteers in Toowoomba increased by 267 people between 2006 and 2011.