Volunteers and work health and safety laws
Everyone has a right to be safe at work, including volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in communities across Australia and make significant contributions by carrying out unpaid work for a variety of organisations every day.
The information on the website outlines ways volunteers can meet their work health and safety duties and explains what volunteers can expect from the organisations they volunteer for. It also provides information for organisations that employ workers and engage volunteers and how Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws apply to them.
For more information on how the laws affect volunteers and organisations see:
- Information for volunteers ( PDF 675KB )
- Information for volunteer organisations ( PDF 700KB )
- Frequently asked questions
- Volunteer resources kit
For more information on general model WHS laws see:
- model WHS legislation
- model Work Health and Safety Act
- model Work Health and Safety Regulations, or
- model Codes of Practice.
If you have questions regarding these laws please contact your local state or territory work health and safety regulator.