Which Australian states give the most to charity?

Angus Kidman 3 January 2018

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We're on track to donate a whopping $4.2 billion to good causes in 2018.

I'm a cynic, so I assume that one of the reasons that Australians are keen to give to charities is because in most cases you can claim that as a tax deduction. Whatever the motivation, we're clearly a relatively generous bunch.

Research by finder suggests that the average Australian household will give an average of $336 each to charity. That adds up to a whopping $4.2 billion, up 10% on 2017.

We surveyed 2,017 Australians about their charitable intentions and found that almost two-thirds of us (66%) plan to donate to charity this year. Of those, 20% plan to give more this year than last. In total, 13% of Australians expect to give $500 or more to charity during the year.

There is some notable variation amongst states. The highest average donation was from NSW with $383, while South Australia came in the lowest at $227. We didn't have a big enough sample size from either the ACT or NT to pull figures for the territories, but given the general economic circumstances in each state, I would expect that the NT would probably be lower, while the ACT might well outstrip NSW. That said, data from NAB back in 2016 suggested fairly high donation figures from the NT.

Finally, a reminder: when you do want to donate to a charity, make sure you do it directly. Don't sign up through a charity mugger who accosts you in the street, or the charity will be much worse off.

Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears regularly on finder.com.au.

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