CVA Updates

Take Part in Our New Survey and Shape the Future of Volunteering

Conservation volunteers contribute significantly to the health and wellbeing of species and ecosystems. In addition, there are multiple mental wellbeing and physical health benefits associated with nature-based volunteering.

But, in Australia, the rate of volunteering has declined quite dramatically since the COVID pandemic and has yet to recover. A recent study from 2023 found that in Australia over 1.8 million volunteers have been lost since pre-pandemic levels.

In addition to declining rates of volunteerism, there’s also a decline in the amount of time being dedicated to volunteering with environmental organisations.

These statistics are worrisome, especially considering the critical need for collective action needed to make our planet more liveable and sustainable. They also represent a missed opportunity in terms of building mental wellbeing and physical health of conservation volunteers.

This has prompted the launch of a new survey that we’ve created in collaboration with RMIT University to better understand what makes volunteering experiences fulfilling.

Find out more below about the survey, how it will be used, and how you can participate in the survey to help shape the future of conservation volunteering in Australia.

CVA and RMIT collaborate on a study to understand how volunteering impacts individuals

RMIT University, in collaboration with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), is embarking on a ground-breaking research project to understand how volunteering impacts individuals.

More specifically, the study will investigate how volunteering projects can influence people’s desire to volunteer their time, and how volunteer experiences impact people’s motivation to remain committed to volunteering in future.

As part of this project, the study team will develop a tool that can measure volunteer commitment, which will be used to help enhance volunteer experiences.

The survey will also measure the impact of volunteering on health and wellbeing, and how CVA is performing as a volunteering organisation.

You’re invited to participate in our survey!

All CVA volunteers over 18 years of age are invited to participate in this new survey. Whether you recently volunteered with CVA at an event, or in the CVA App, you can take part in the survey and help us shape the future of volunteering.

👉 To take part in the survey, please click this survey link, or scan the QR code in the image above.

You may also receive an email from CVA with the survey link, following your recent volunteer activity.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, has been approved by RMIT’s Ethics Committee, and is entirely anonymous.

By participating in this survey, you’re not only contributing directly to this research but you’ll also be assisting CVA in evaluating volunteer satisfaction with a view to enhancing the volunteer experience for all participants.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to contribute to a deeper understanding of volunteer commitment and wellbeing!

Let’s work together to shape a brighter future for volunteering!

If you have any questions or would like more information about this research project, you can contact the RMIT project research team:


Dr. Guinevere Gilbert

Chief Investigator

Email: [email protected]


Dr. Sarah Holdsworth

Email: [email protected]


Dr. Azizur Rahman

Email: [email protected]


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