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This week is National Volunteer Week

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Approximately 1.8 million Australians across the nation donate their time and energy to the sport and active recreation sector.

Volunteers contribute to the social and economic value of sport in Australia, particularly at the community grassroots level. They also support sport at its highest levels including the staging of domestic major events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Volunteers perform many critical roles across the sport and active recreation sector including as coaches, officials, team managers, administrators, board and committee members, and other positions–with many individuals filling multiple roles.

While volunteering provides substantial benefits to society, importantly it also provides significant benefits to the volunteers themselves. The personal benefits of volunteering need to be recognised and fostered. Volunteers can receive reimbursement of out of pocket expenses and can be rewarded and recognised as part of good practice. While this process may introduce an element of financial or material benefit to the volunteer it does not exclude the activity from being considered volunteering. Read more at the Clearinghouse for Sport>>>