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8. Key points
- Volunteers provide a highly valuable service to many incorporated associations.
- Volunteers do not get paid, but may be reimbursed for legitimate expenses incurred while doing work for an association.
- When associations engage volunteers, they must consider the rights and responsibilities of volunteers, as well as the rights and responsibilities of the association.
- Although volunteers are not employees, it is important for an association to have clear policies and procedures for recruiting, selecting, managing and supporting volunteers.
- Incorporated associations should have adequate insurance cover for volunteers.
- The Volunteers and Food and other Donors (Protection from Liability) Act 2002 may transfer civil liability for acts done by volunteers, to an incorporated association.