In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology in partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has been awarded a $1.7 million government contract to deliver the Giving Australia 2015 research project.

Led by QUT, the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne together with the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs will collect comprehensive data on giving by individuals, charitable organisations, philanthropists and businesses in Australia.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity be part of such a significant project that will deliver social value to Australia,” Professor Jo Barraket, Director of CSI Swinburne, said.

“There is not a lot of research on individual and business giving in Australia and this project is going to help us better understand why we give, and emerging trends in how we do so.”

The project will update and expand on information gathered through the Giving Australia 2005 project, an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership.

Announced by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison, the project seeks to identify the reasons behind why people volunteer or give, and what approaches encourage giving.

“By drawing a picture of giving and volunteering behaviours, attitudes and trends, this project will improve our understanding of the capacity and needs of community organisations,” the Hon. Scott Morrison said.

Professor Barraket said findings from the research project will provide a strong evidence base for policy development to foster an Australian culture of giving and will also allow the government to understand changes over the past 10 years.

The findings will be available in September 2016.