Being a Volunteer
2013 Premier's Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service
This certificate provides a great opportunity for volunteer-involving organisations to nominate a volunteer(s) who has made an outstanding commitment and contribution to the community and/or organisation.
Guidelines and Nomination forms are available from the Office for Volunteers website or on 1300 014 712.
Nominations close Friday 12 April 2013.
These 'Volunteer' pages will be replaced in mid-2013 with an online tool to assist clubs manage their volunteers.
How do I become a volunteer?
Sport volunteers are all around you and
perform many roles.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways you can become a volunteer
in the sport and recreation industry:
- Contact your local club and offer your services.
- Contact a State Sporting or Recreation Association
that interests you and ask them if there are any volunteering
opportunities within their organisation.
- Visit some other volunteer websites for opportunities
What are your rights as
a volunteer and what should you expect of your organisation?
Unlike paid staff, volunteer staff are not covered by award
conditions or workplace agreements. Volunteers, however, do
have rights, some of which are enshrined in legislation and
some of which are the moral obligations of an organisation
involving volunteers. The following list is the basis of your
rights as a volunteer. As a volunteer you have the right to:
- Work in a healthy and safe environment (refer
to the Occupational
Health and Safety Act)
- Be interviewed and employed in accordance
opportunity legislation (Equal Opportunity and You.pfd)
- Be adequately covered by insurance
- Be given a copy of the organisation's volunteer
policy and any other policy that affects your work
- Have a job description and agreed working
- Have access to a grievance procedure
- Be provided with orientation to the organisation
- Have your confidential and personal information
dealt with in accordance with the principles of the Privacy
- Be provided with sufficient training to do
- Work in an harassment free environment
Volunteer Protection Act (2001)
Protection Act 2001 commenced operation within
South Australia in 2002. The intent of this legislation is
to provide protection to individual volunteers from personal
liability for loss, injury or damage caused as a result of
an act or omission on their part while undertaking their volunteering
duties on behalf of an incorporated organisation.
Checklist for Volunteers
Information to help with Child Protection
- The organisation is not for profit
- The purpose of the organisation matches your
own values and beliefs
- The organisation carries volunteer insurance
- Your role is clear and specific
- The organisation can provide you with written
information about its purpose and activities
- You are satisfied that the funds of the organisation
are expended in accordance with its mission
- Reimbursement is provided for out of pocket
Help with choosing the right people checklists, interview questions, job descriptions, questions for referees, suitability checks etc.
NSW Commission for Children and Young People
Recruiting coaches and officials
Information on screening and selecting volunteers or paid staff.
Australian Sports Commission