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A Guide to Work Health and Safety for Volunteer Organisations

A comprehensive guide covering the WHS duties of a volunteer involving organisation. This resource covers specific topics including volunteering from home, emergency service volunteers, and bullying, harassment and discrimination duties.

Author: Safe Work Australia

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Be Prepared: Managing Volunteers in Emergencies

A guide on how to manage both trained and spontaneous volunteers in emergencies. This guide includes templates and checklists.

Author: VolunteeringACT

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Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers

A detailed guide on planning for the involvement of spontaneous volunteers, covering national policies and principles as well as providing information on strategies for supporting and coordinating spontaneous volunteers.

Author: Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

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COVID-19: Information for Volunteers

Information from Volunteering Australia’s COVID-19 Position Paper No. 1: Information for Volunteers. It includes resources, information on getting involved in response volunteering and on volunteering obligations.

Author: Volunteering Australia

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Making it Happen: Good practice in building local capability to manage spontaneous disaster volunteers

This resource identifies who may be responsible for spontaneous volunteers, including how to set up a response team and risk management considerations. Note: Some information is specific to the Queensland context. This resource is also accompanied by the Making it Happen: Toolkit, which provides useful tools for volunteer management of spontaneous volunteers.

Author: Volunteering Queensland

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Making it Happen: Toolkit to support good practice in building local capability to manage spontaneous disaster volunteers

Toolkit to accompany the Making it Happen resource, which includes sample forms, surveys and checklists of key considerations in the management of spontaneous volunteers.

Author: Volunteering Queensland

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Spontaneous Volunteer Management Resource Kit: Helping to manage spontaneous volunteers in emergencies

A comprehensive resource on spontaneous volunteer management, covering planning prior to an emergency, during an emergency and after an emergency. This resource also covers management frameworks and communication strategies.

Author: Australian Red Cross, Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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Volunteer Recruitment

How to advertise for volunteer roles, including through emergency volunteering platforms.

Author: Volunteering Australia

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Volunteers During Disaster and Emergency Events: Fact Sheet

A guide to managing and engaging wtih spontaneous volunteers.

Author: Volunteering WA

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