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The Non-profit economy

Today the ABS released the first major study of Non-Profit Institutions(NPIs). Some earlier studies were made by the Australian Non-Profit Data Project (ANDP) which was established in 1997 as a collaborative research project between the Centre for Australian Community Organisations at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The recent ABS project is part of the Global Non-profit Institutions Systems project which is directed by the Centre for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics.

The ABS study shows that NPIs employed 604,000 persons in 1999-2000, representing 6.8% of total employed persons in Australia. The social services sector was the highest employer representing 26% of the total, followed by education and research which employed 24% of total NPI employees. NPIs accounted for $20.8 billion or 3.3% of total GDP in 1999-2000. When imputed wages for volunteer services are included in GDP, the NPI contribution increases to $29.7 billion or 4.7% of GDP

Posted Thursday, 28 November 2002

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