Volunteers rights and responsibilities

Your rights

When volunteering with you have a number of rights.

As an example you have the right to:

  • work in a healthy and safe environment
  • to be interviewed and recruited in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation
  • be given accurate and truthful information about the organisation for which you are volunteering
  • be given a copy of the organisation’s volunteer policy and any other policy/procedures that affect your role
  • not to fill a position previously held by a paid worker
  • have a role description and agreed hours of contribution
  • be provided with orientation to the organisation and the role
  • have your confidential and personal information dealt with in accordance with the principles of the Information Privacy Principles Instruction and
  • be provided with appropriate training and support to carry out your role.

Your responsibilities

Similarly we have expectations of our volunteers.

As an example we expect you to:  

  • be reliable
  • respect confidentiality
  • carry out specified tasks according to the role description
  • be accountable for your actions
  • be committed to the organisation
  • undertake training as required by the organisation
  • ask for support when you need it
  • be accountable for ID Cards issued to you and report lost or damaged cards immediately
  • notify as early as possible if unable to attend
  • be courteous to offenders, staff and other volunteers
  • raise any issues with the organisation and not denigrate the organisation to offenders, staff or other volunteers
  • give notice before you leave the organisation and
  • value and support other team members.