Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers

Sometimes people ‘fall’ into volunteering, but most of the time people make a conscious decision to volunteer. Volunteers have a role to play within their community organisation and there is a range of things they should understand before seeking a volunteer role. This includes their rights and responsibilities when assuming the role of a volunteer.

Organisations have a duty of care to protect staff, volunteers and service users from harm. Unlike paid staff, volunteers are not covered by industrial awards.

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