Information for volunteer organisations
On 1 January 2012 the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth harmonised their Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws. This means that persons conducting a business or undertaking (organisations) and workers, including volunteers, in these jurisdictions are protected by same WHS laws. Tasmania will implement the same WHS laws on 1 January 2013.
Regardless of the jurisdiction your business or undertaking operates in, the information in this guide will help you to understand the rights and obligations your organisation owes its volunteers under WHS law.
This section of the website is based off the Essential Guide for Organisations who engage Volunteers. You can print the complete guide for volunteers or view the individual chapters below.
A Podcast, PowerPoint presentation and a Factsheet to help organisations that engage volunteers is available from the resources section of this website. These resources can be provided to volunteers engaged by your organisation to help them understand the work health and safety laws.