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.
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
COVID-19: Information for Volunteer Involving Organisations
Information from Volunteering Australia’s COVID-19 Position Paper No. 2: Safeguarding Volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations. It includes resources, information on adapting volunteering programs, safeguarding volunteers and adjusting contractual obligations.
Identifies when it may be necessary to have a difficult conversation, and provides tips on how to effectively have this conversation. This resource is accompanied by a Difficult Conversations Worksheet.
A comprehensive guide to peer support, coaching and mentoring, providing information, checklists and templates. This guide is applicable to both volunteers and employees. Note: This resource is accompanied by a suite of supporting resources.
Guide to Peer Support, Coaching and Mentoring: Values Exploration Tool
A resource to help identify the values of a person, to understand how this impacts on behaviour and motivations. Note: This resource accompanies the Guide to Peer Support, Coaching and Mentoring resource.
Guide to Performance Appraisal - Difficult Conversation Resource
A resource providing guidance on how to have difficult conversations. This resource is applicable to both volunteers and employees. Note: This resource supports the Supplementary Guide to Performance Appraisal.
A comprehensive guide to supervision, including models of supervision and responsibilities within a supervisory relationship. This resource contains information and templates that are relevant to both volunteers and employees. Note: This resource is accompanied by a suite of supporting resources.
Identifies the importance of the volunteer lifecycle, including supporting, supervising and recognising volunteers. Aligns findings with the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement. Note: This resource accompanies the Leep: Harnessing Volunteer Motivation Webinar.
A comprehensive guide to the legal obligations an organisation has for its volunteers. This six part guide includes: 1. Introduction and overview 2. Volunteer, employee or independent contractor 3. Volunteer safety with annexures 4. Workplace behaviours 5. Recruiting, inducting, managing and ending the volunteer relationship 6. Organisational issues
Organisational Plan Management of Spontaneous Volunteers – A practical guide for volunteer involving organisations
Assists organisations responsible for the management of Spontaneous Volunteers with establishing an Operational Plan to clearly articulate how Spontaneous Volunteers will be utilised and managed when the need arises.
Information on sexual harassment claims and volunteers, including information on what sexual harassment is, what policies protect staff and what the legal obligations of an organisation are. Note: some liability information is specific to Victoria.
A comprehensive guide to performance appraisal, including supporting templates. This guide is applicable to both employees and volunteers. Note: This resource is accompanied by a suite of supporting resources.
Supplementary Guide to Probation: Employee Probation Policy
A template for a Probation Policy. This resource can be used as a WHS tool, providing volunteers with opportunity to provide feedback. Probation is not mandatory for volunteers. Note: This resource supports the Supplementary Guide to Probation.
Supplementary Guide to Probation: Employee Probation Procedure
A template for Probation Procedure. This resource can be used as WHS tool, providing volunteers with opportunity to provide feedback. Probation is not mandatory for volunteers. Note: This resource supports the Supplementary Guide to Probation.
Template: Spontaneous Volunteer Task Management Plan
Supports organisations in capturing information associated with volunteer tasks including task description, risk assessment, screening, induction, briefing, support, debriefing, recognition, and supervision strategies.
This comprehensive handbook provides information on screening as part of the volunteer management cycle, identifying ten steps to screening. Please note that some information will be specific to the Canadian context.
A resource guiding organisations on how to perform a health check of their volunteer involvement and volunteer management practices. This resource can be used as a template. Note: Item 2.08 is not relevant to Australian volunteering programs.
Volunteer Workforce Health and Safety Training Framework: A guide for South Australian Local Government
A comprehensive resource on workplace health and safety that covers volunteer role descriptions, risk management procedures, policies and procedures and volunteer training. Note: Some information is specific to South Australia.