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.