The impact of compulsory community participation on the not for profit sector in Western Australia
Volunteering Australia Inc.
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
Volunteer administrators (n=32) participating in Australia's Voluntary Work Initiative, designed to assist welfare recipients who were required to perform volunteer work, were interviewed. Although volunteering helped overcome isolation and develop job skills, low levels of commitment and short stays (especially among younger participants) and potential exploitation were concerns.