There is a huge array of useful volunteering material out there in cyberspace. It's a great way to find and share information and to keep in touch with others in the sector. There is no point in reinventing the wheel (and most of us don't have time to) so we've included a list of our favourite resources below.
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Sample Volunteer Manual
Volunteer Policy and Procedures Manual - developed by Volunteering WA please feel free to download and amend for your own organisation.
Skills and training resources
Enhancing Access E-learning Resource - Disability Awareness E-learning Resource: If you would like to learn how to include people with disabilities or those recovering from mental ill health in your volunteer program – this is the resource for you! Find information on disability awareness, recruitment, and workplace access that will help you make your volunteer roster more diverse.
Gen X & Y in volunteering powerpoint - a useful and interesting powerpoint which takes a look at engaging generations X and Y in volunteering. This powerpoint was developed by VWA's Youth Services Manager, Traci Gamblin. Please feel free to view and use it but please do acknowledge VWA as the source.
Volunteering Australia resources - Check out the latest free skills, training and education resources for volunteers, managers of volunteers, trainers and community organisations on Volunteering Australia's web site. They are all on one page and new resources are added regularly.
WA State and Community Volunteering Strategy
The Department for Communities partnered with Volunteering WA to consult state and local government agencies, businesses and non-government organisations and volunteers on a Volunteering Discussion Paper. Feedback from this was reviewed and used to produce the final strategy. Vital Volunteering 2011-2016 can be found on the Department's website.
Volunteering Australia publications- Volunteering Australia produces a range of publications aimed at supporting the volunteering sector and encouraging discussion and debate on issues affecting volunteering.
www.ozvpm.com - Download the 2nd edition of the 'Volunteer Magnet' book. The magnet project is unique in that it harnesses the experience of everyday volunteer managers from around the world and asks them to describe, in just 500 words, those things which make their volunteer projects 'magnetic'.
ABS Voluntary Work Australia 2010 - This publication presents results on voluntary work from the General Social Survey (GSS) conducted throughout Australia from August to November 2010. Voluntary work data was also collected in the GSS in 2006, and in the Voluntary Work surveys in 2000 and 1995. The major aim of this publication is to present rates of participation in voluntary work, characteristics of people who volunteer, and information on the nature of the voluntary work undertaken (number and types of organisations worked for, frequency of voluntary work, and whether the volunteer was able to be reimbursed for volunteering-related expenses).
ABS Voluntary Work Australia 2010 summary - a summary of the key findings from the 2010 publication.
State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2011 - The focus of this report is on the universal values that motivate people the world over to volunteer for the common good and on the impact of volunteer action on societies and individuals.
Boards/Committees of Management
Boards, Committees & Governance Centre - the place where community groups and Board Members can build a better Board; be a better Board Member; and find a Board position - a program dedicated to improving the performance of non-profit boards and committees.
Inc. - Consumer Protection has a website and governance guide for incorporated associations.
Work, Health & Safety
Safe Work Australia has now published a series of Fact Sheets regarding volunteers, volunteer officers and volunteer organisations and the application of the model Work Health and Safety legislation. This guidance material can be found at the following link:
The following is a list of insurance companies that provide information and insurance cover for community and not for profit groups. Please note Volunteering WA does not promote the use of one company over another, this list is simply a guide of those we know about that have provided good service to ourselves or our member organisations. Click the link below to download.
Community insurance links
national police checks
Finding the Balance: Community Protection vs Individual Rights - This document has been produced by the Department for Communities and looks at the appropriate use of criminal history information in relation to volunteering.
General information on the National Police Check for Volunteers Program can be found on the Department for Communities website.
Volunteering on a visa
Generally speaking if a person's visa allows them to do paid work then they would automatically be able to volunteer. The only visas that need checking are those visas where paid work is not allowed. A 457 visa allows working but not necessarily volunteering, organisations should check with immigration to determine whether volunteering is allowed in each case.
ETA Visitor (subclass 976)
Working holiday visa
Student guardian visa