National Volunteering Guide

  • by Kate Bowman
  • July 4, 2023

Volunteer relationships must be managed in a way that’s mutually respectful, safe, and healthy. Your organisation can do this by building an understanding of your legal obligations when engaging and managing volunteers.

Empower your organisation with the knowledge and tools to navigate volunteer management effectively. Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law National Volunteering Guide provides easy-to-understand legal information, practical examples and tips.

The National Volunteering Guide is now informed by the National Strategy for Volunteering 2023-2033, and has been recently updated to reflect key legal changes.

The guide provides an overview of the key legal obligations organisations owe volunteers and provides practical examples, template documents and tips to assist in their understanding.

The guide is divided into six parts and covers the following key issues:

  • Introduction – what the guide covers
  • Volunteer, employee or independent contractor – The legal differences between a volunteer, employee and independent contractor
  • The volunteer relationship – Recruiting, inducting, managing performance and ending the relationship
  • Volunteer safety – Your organisation’s responsibility regarding negligence, work health and safety, managing risk, insurance and child safe standards
  • Unlawful workplace behaviour – Protecting volunteers and other people your volunteers interact with from behaviour such as sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and victimisation
  • Other legal issues – Intellectual property, privacy and record keeping

The guide is available for FREE download here.

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