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THE NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT

Launch of the new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

Volunteering Australia's new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (the Standards) were launched yesterday to mark the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2015.

The new Standards incorporate significant changes to the original standards in order to reflect best practice in volunteer management in Australia's current work environment.

The benchmarks contained in the Standards are specifically designed to help organisations attract, manage, recognise and retain volunteers, and to manage risk and safety with respect to volunteers.

Guidance on applying the Standards will be provided via comprehensive implementation resources.

Additionally, Volunteering Australia will be developing a flexible, tiered voluntary certification, or 'Quality Mark' system to enable organisations to check how they are tracking in implementing the Standards.

Click here for further information about the new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

Timebanking Volunteer Program

Timebanking volunteer program to expand across NSW.

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today announced a significant expansion of the NSW Government's volunteering initiative - Timebanking (pdf 169 KB).

"Timebanking has been very successful in the Hunter and Central Coast pilot sites, attracting more than 3,600 members, so I'm excited to invite 30 additional communities to come on board" he said.

Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteer Rights

The principles enable organisations to signify to their volunteer workers that they will be treated with fairness, respect and dignity.

On 13 May 2013, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, released the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers.

The statement outlines seven principles of best practice in volunteer management.

Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers

  • This organisation demonstrates a commitment to best practice in volunteer management and all our people respect and support this commitment.
  • Our volunteers are involved in the life of the organisation and are included in decisions that affect them.
  • This organisation provides volunteers with clarity about their roles and is clear about expectations and policies that impact on their roles.
  • Our volunteers respect the roles of everyone in the organisation.
  • This organisation recognises and celebrates the contribution of volunteers.
  • Our volunteers are provided with training and professional development for their roles.
  • This organisation provides all our people with the opportunity to resolve disputes with respect and dignity.

Organisations that endorse the principles and adopt them will be sending a clear signal to current and potential volunteers that their contributions are valued.

Volunteer-friendly organisations are able to Adopt the Principles and demonstrate their commitment to their volunteers.

Volunteer Information Booklet & Brochure

A new Volunteer Information Booklet and brochure has been produced promoting volunteerng in the Inner West.

The brochure  and  the twelve page booklet covers how to get involved, training, rights & responsibilities, insurance, confidentiality and advocacy. As well other information about volunteering.

The booklet has been translated in Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Italan, Greek and Vietnamese.

Download the brochure and booklet by clicking on the links below:

Volunteer Network Brochure 2013.pdf  

Volunter Information Booklet .Web_.pdf

Volunteer DVD

Lend a Hand - A LOOK AT VOLUNTEER SERVICES

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