Key figures


Number of non-profit organisations (NPOs): 700,000 (190,000 registered for tax purposes)

(Australian Taxation Office 2008-2009 Compliance Program)


Total income to non-profit organisations: $74.5 billion (2007)


In 2008, 10% of Australians were employed by non-profit organisations. Social and community welfare organisations comprised 45% of all non-profit organisations with religious organisations as the second highest figure at 23%.




Despite the economic downturn, total income and total government contributions to non-profit organisations in Australia has increased by 11% in 2008 and 6% in 2007.  Similarly, gross fundraising income rose by 8% in 2008 and 7% in 2007 while investments have increased by 8% and 7% respectively.


However, two thirds of non-profit organisations experienced an increase in demand for their services in 2009, while 68% expect demand to increase further in 2010.

Humanitarian, welfare and community support organisations have seen the most significant impact of the recession, with 100%, 91% and 76% increases in demands for services from these three sectors, respectively.  Although this increase cannot be solely attributed to the economic downturn, it is widely agreed that the recession has been largely responsible.


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