Unlike paid staff, volunteers are not covered by awards or Work-place agreements.
Volunteers, however, do have rights, some of which are enshrined in legislation
and some of which are the moral obligations of an organisation involving volunteers.
The following list is the basis of your rights as a volunteer.
As a volunteer you have the right:
- To work in a healthy and safe environment (refer various Occupational
Health and Safety Act[s])
- To be interviewed and employed in accordance with equal opportunity
and anti discrimination legislation
- To be adequately covered by insurance
- To be given accurate and truthful information about the organisation
for which you are working
- To be given a copy of the organisation's volunteer policy and any
other policy that affects your work
- Not to fill a position previously held by a paid worker
- Not to do the work of paid staff during industrial disputes
- To have a job description and agreed working hours
- To have access to a grievance procedure
- To be provided with orientation to the organisation
- To have your confidential and personal information dealt with
in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1988
- To be provided with sufficient training for you to do your job