Fact Sheets & Guides

COVID-19 resources

This guide provides practical guidance to support volunteers to be better informed about volunteering in response to a pandemic. During a pandemic, volunteers will be faced with the need to adapt to a number of changes and to make decisions that may impact their volunteering.

Responding to a Pandemic in WA - Guide for Volunteers

This guide provides practical guidance and assistance to Volunteering Involving Organisations (VIOs) when responding to a pandemic. During a pandemic, VIOs will be faced with a number of changes and this guide provides checklists and guidance on key items to consider.

Responding to a Pandemic in WA - Guide for VIOs

This fact sheet aims to provide WA-based companies wanting to get their employees back into corporate volunteering with a guide on how to prepare for corporate volunteering in a post COVID-19 context. 

Return to Corporate Volunteering Fact Sheet

This 'Returning to Volunteering' guide has been developed to help Volunteer Involving Organisations navigate through the process of returning volunteering programs and volunteers safely during COVID-19.

Returning volunteer programs and volunteers during COVID-19

COVID-19 has inspired people to form informal volunteer groups to support their local community. This resource is for individuals who are creating these informal volunteer groups to respond to this pandemic.

COVID-19 and Informal Volunteering Groups

Virtual Volunteering

With the growth in virtual communications, volunteering organisations are embracing new ways to support their community through virtual volunteering, by adapting existing roles and creating new ones. This resource will provide you with tips for managing virtual volunteer roles in your organsiation.

Tips for Optimisting Virtual Volunteering

In response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteering WA has launched a comprehensive resource and workshop package ('Designing a Successful Virtual Volunteering Program') for volunteer leaders and volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) to help you adapt to the new challenges and prepare volunteer programs for a transition to virtual volunteering. This resource package is suitable for all volunteer involving organisations.

Delivered face-to-face, this interactive workshop complements the Designing a Successful Virtual Volunteering Program Handbook. 

Search for upcoming workshop dates: 'Designing a Successful Virtual Volunteering Program.

Research Resources

The research checklist was produced to support Volunteer Involving Organisations that are considering whether to contribute to a research project, or undertake research with an academic or industry research partner.

Research Checklist

Background screening for volunteers

Find out when to perform screening checks; how to develop a screening policy; applying for Volunteer Police Checks in WA and Working with Children (WWC) Checks.

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The Department of Communities has also produced the following resource. It explains when and why screening should take place, applicable legislation and screening mechanisms, and include tools and templates to support informed decision making and risk management.

Volunteer Checks: Information for WA Volunteering Involving Organisations

Corporate Volunteering

Learn how corporate volunteering can help your organisation: what it is, the benefits and how Volunteering WA can help connect you with a corporate team.

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Other unpaid work arrangements

This fact sheet describes the differences between volunteering, work for the dole, internships, work experience and student placements.

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Volunteers during disaster and emergency events

Managing spontaneous volunteers during emergency situations can be challenging. This fact sheet outlines some of the main considerations and explains how Volunteering WA can assist during emergency events.

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Volunteer National Police Certificate program

Volunteer National Police Certificates (VNPCs) list an individual’s criminal and traffic court outcomes and pending charges from all Australian police jurisdictions that are deemed disclosable at the time of application.

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Rights and responsibilities

Rights and responsibilities for both Volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations.

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