News

Updated advice for managing the return of volunteers

  • by Kate Bowman
  • August 12, 2020

The Federal Government has recently updated its advice regarding workers considered to be at increased risk of a serious COVID-19 infection.

Taking these changes into account, the people at Not-For-Profit Law have altered their fact sheet on Managing the return of volunteers to the workplace. Some community organisations with volunteer services may find the information covered within useful when considering how they might resume their own volunteer activities.

The fact sheet considers the following questions:

  • Who are the categories of people that may be at increased risk of a serious COVID-19 infection?
  • Can (and should) we ask volunteers to return to the workplace?
  • Can we ask our volunteers to tell our organisation if they fit into an ‘increased risk’ category?
  • Do we have any special obligations for handling this type of health information about volunteers?
  • How does our organisation decide whether to ask volunteers to return to the workplace?
  • Our organisation has undertaken a risk assessment, consulted with volunteers and we think we need to pause or change the volunteering model – is this OK?
  • How does our organisation know if the steps we are taking are ‘reasonable steps’ or that we are doing what is ‘reasonably practicable’?
  • Can we put a blanket policy in place that prevents specific volunteers from returning to the workplace?
  • If we ask a volunteer to stop volunteering with our organisation, could we be in breach of anti-discrimination laws?
  • Can we ask our volunteers for a medical clearance before allowing them to return to the workplace?
  • What happens if a volunteer contracts COVID-19 and is not covered by volunteer personal accident insurance? Could we be held liable (legally responsible)?
  • Can we ask our volunteers to sign a waiver to protect the organisation from liability in the event they contract COVID-19?
  • What should we do if a volunteer refuses to follow a COVID-safe plan or follow preventative measures?

 

Click here to find their updated fact sheet.

For more information click here to go to their website.

Upcoming Events

PCNSW Education Day 2022
UPCOMING
  • MAY 27, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

PCNSW Education Day 2022

We are thrilled to be holding our first Education Day since 2019. Please jo...

Read more
NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteer Services
UPCOMING
  • JUNE 8, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteer Services

The role of the Network is to ensure best practice for NSW Managers of Pall...

Read more
Volunteer Manager Conference 2022
UPCOMING
  • JUNE 20 - JUNE 21, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Volunteer Manager Conference 2022

The NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteers and the Volunteer...

Read more

Become a member of Palliative Care NSW

Palliative Care New South Wales is the peak body in NSW representing palliative care providers and those with an interest in palliative care. Palliative Care New South Wales is a member of the national peak body Palliative Care Australia.

Join today and receive discounts, benefits and more!
Special member rate available for volunteers.

Subscribe to our eNews

Be the first to know our latest new, events, and research!

SUBSCRIBE TO ENEWS