Rights and responsibilities of volunteers
Volunteering Western Australia has developed a list of volunteer rights and responsibilities which include:
Volunteers have a right to:
- choose the types of activity in which they wish to be involved;
- be adequately covered by insurance;
- receive orientation, training and ongoing support;
- receive reimbursement of authorised out-of-pocket expenses; and
- say ‘no’ when they cannot commit to a task.
Volunteers have a responsibility to:
- work in accordance with health and safety laws;
- work in accordance with instructions and rules (of the association);
- notify the association if they are unable to attend work;
- be willing to undertake training and supervision;
- maintain confidentiality and be non-judgemental; and
- say 'no' when they cannot commit to a task.