GIVING STATS | Australian giving a mixed bag in 2018-19

Mixed news for nonprofit organisations from Australia’s longest available generosity data as:

– total donations and average amount donated rise in 2018-19, but

– the percentage of taxpayers claiming a donation has fallen to the lowest figure in four decades.

The yearly report produced by ACPNS uses Australian Taxation Office data dating from 1978 to crunch the numbers on tax-deductible giving.

A key finding is that 55 per cent of high net-worth taxpayers (those with $1M+ earnings), donated in 2018-19. Other highlights from the report include:

  • The total amount donated and claimed by individuals as tax-deductible donations in 2018–19 was $3.93 billion (compared to $3.75 billion for the previous income year). This sees an increase of $181 million (or 4.85 per cent) from the previous income year
  • In 2018–19, the average tax-deductible gift for all taxpayers was $933.20, compared to $845.73 in the previous year
  • A total of 4.21 million Australian taxpayers (or 28.69 per cent of the Australian taxpaying population) made and claimed tax-deductible donations. This has decreased from the previous year when 31.01 per cent of taxpayers made and claimed a gift. This percentage is at its lowest since 1978–79 and is the first time since then that it has fallen below 30 per cent
  • Chief Executive and Managing Directors retained the highest average amount donated, although the amount decreased by 13.76% between 2018-19 and 2017-18
  • Western Australia is the most generous state, with the highest total and average donations claimed in 2018-19, as well as the Australian postcode with the highest percentage of taxpayers claiming a donation. Take a bow, Joondalup DC (WA 6027)!

ACPNS Centre Director, Associate Professor Wendy Scaife said this data is critical to highlight trends and opportunities, such as the concerning drop in giving participation and the chance to engage more high net-worth Australians in giving.

“This 2018-19 data is also the benchmark for the tumultuous giving years that have followed due to the bushfires and pandemic,” says Wendy.

The ACPNS tax-deductible giving report, containing our analysis of tax-deductible giving by postcode, gender, state and occupation, is available online:

Full report:

Short Information Sheet:

Ancillary Funds Information Sheet:

Discover more about the project (including how ‘giving’ your postcode and occupation are), on the ACPNS giving stats page.

Media contact: Amanda Weaver,

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