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As volunteering faces a decline across Australia, the contribution of millennials may sometimes be overlooked, as a quiet online revolution happens among young people in regional communities. Researchers from Curtin University in Western Australia have found that young people often participate in ad-hoc or "invisible" volunteering — meaning the community can not necessarily see them as they fly under the radar.

The study conducted by Holmes, Davies and Leonie Lockstone-Binney published in the Journal of Rural Studies, found that younger people are not opposed to giving up their time to help their communities, a lack of involvement in traditional volunteer roles could see regional and rural areas lose critical services.

While the rate of volunteering is much higher in regional and rural areas, the population is ageing as millennials leave remote communities for study, work or a lifestyle change.

And with less young people in the community, combined with millennials often leaning towards less-traditional forms of volunteering, a small group of people are often left to pick up the slack.

The researchers said organisations need to change the way they recruit to attract younger members.

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