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This page lists resources on the not-for-profit sector that you may find interesting.

We will review and add information and resources over time. If you have a suggestion for a resource to add to this list, please email Please note that we prefer to link to free resources.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Voluntary Work Australia 2010
Data gathered in the General Social Survey about participation in unpaid voluntary work through and organisation or group.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Non-profit Institutions Satellite Account 2012-13
This is a Satellite Account to the National Accounts produced by the ABS. It estimates the direct contribution of the non-profit sector to the Australian economy and provides users with an extended view of the important contribution that non-profit institutions make to the economy. The Satellite Account for 2006-2007 is also available.

The Not for Profit Sector in Australia: Fact Sheet, Myles McGregor-Lowndes, QUT, August 2014
This fact sheet is based on the Productivity Commission Report, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the QUT Giving Project. It lays out the latest information on the finances, size, economic contribution, staffing and donations to not-for-profits, including an international comparison.

National Charities: Fact Sheet, Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Marie Crittall, QUT, April 2015
This factsheet uses the data from 2013 Annual Information Statements (AIS) filed with the ACNC to look at the characteristics of this group of charities.

Basic religious charities: Fact Sheet, Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Marie Crittall, QUT, April 2015
Of the nearly 44,000 registered charities that submitted their 2013 Annual Information Statement to the ACNC, nearly a quarter self-identified as Basic Religious Charities (BRCs). This factsheet profiles these charities.

Productivity Commission, Contribution of the Not-for-profit Sector 2010
Research report of the Productivity Commission into the size and contribution of the NFP sector that makes a number of recommendations aimed at supporting the sector.

Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc
ANZTSR is a network of people interested in research into the not-for-profit sector, volunteering and philanthropy.

An examination of tax-deductible donations made by individual Australian taxpayers in 2010-11
Information based on the amount and type of tax-deductible donations made and claimed by Australian taxpayers between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011.

Westpac Community Confidence Index
A measure of the health and optimism of the community sector in Australia (May 2013).

Genderwise Philanthropy Guide
A guide for philanthropists in how to review and apply a gender lens to their giving (April 2013).

Philanthropic freedom, a pilot study
An examination of barriers and incentives for individuals and organisations to donate resources to social causes by the Hudson Institute (April 2013).

PwC-CSI Community Index
A study of confidence in the Australian NFP sector, latest edition June 2013.

A wiki created and maintained by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and NonProfit Studies at the Queensland University of Technology.

Melbourne Law School Not-for-profit Project Resources Page
This page provides links to a range of resources related to not-for-profit reform in Australia and overseas.

Centre for Social Impact: Research
Research projects undertaken by the Centre for Social Impact with the vision of building a stronger social system.

Curtin University of Technology Not-for-profit Initiative: Research Resources
A body of research resources and reports published about the sector by Curtin University of Technology’s Not-for-profit Initiative.

Doing good and doing it well? Australia and New Zealand not-for-profit sector survey 2013/2014
Grant Thornton survey of significant issues in the not-for-profit sector.

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
Seminars and podcasts provided by the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, including many relevant to the not-for-profit sector.

NAB Charitable Giving Index
An in-depth report on charitable giving by National Australia Bank (August 2014).

Strengthening the state: A snapshot of Victoria’s community sector charities, Victorian Council of Social Service
VCOSS have used ACNC data to give a snapshot of the contribution made by Victoria’s community sector charities to the state’s economy and society. It found that these charities employ almost 97,000 people, generate about $13 billion in income a year and are supported almost 135,000 volunteers.

Charitable Mapping: GovHack entry

The ACNC supported the 2015 GovHack competition. GovHack is a national competition attracting over 1,000 participants, who compete to use government data in an exciting and accessible way.  ‘Charitable Mapping’ by Sleepless in Sydney was the winning entry of the prize Best Use of Charity Data. Their entry used 2013 Annual Information Statement data to create a user-friendly application that matches people with local charities in areas of high Indigenous, homeless and over 65s populations, three groups that the team had identified as more likely to be socially disadvantaged.

Learning for purpose, Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia

Learning for Purpose is a national research program that addresses capability development and workforce development in the not-for-profit sector to systematically understand, evaluate and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the talent and key competencies for realising social change. In 2015, they released the report Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education and Training in the Australian Not-for-proft Sector.

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