The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released an interesting report into not-for-profit organisations. It is a timely snapshot, given the current Senate Committee inquiry into charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
Some of the findings include:
At the end of June 2007, there were 40,976 not-for-profit organisations in Australia. Religious organisations accounted for 21.3% of all not-for-profit organisations, followed by Culture and recreation organisations which accounted for 20%.
Not-for-profit organisations employed 884,476 people. In addition to paid employees, there were 2,434,815 volunteers during 2006-07. The majority of jobs were in social services organisations (over 27% of total employees), followed by Education and research organisations with 24.4%.
During the 2006-07 financial year, not-for-profit organisations received $74.5b in income. Despite the reputation of the sector living mostly off government funding, only just over a third (34.1% or $25.4b) of total income came from federal, state and local government, the majority of which went to Education and research (32.4%) and Social services (26.5%) organisations.
Industry value added by these organisations was $35.1b for the 2006-07 financial year and capital expenditure was $8.5b for the same period.