Volunteer Manager Workshop: Legal Issues in Managing Volunteers

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23 May, 8.30am - 12.00pm




City of Boroondara
8 Inglesby Road
Camberwell, 3124

Volunteer Manager Workshop: Legal Issues in Managing Volunteers

Navigating how the law applies to volunteers can be complex and confusing. As volunteers play a critical function in the delivery of support for community organisations, ensuring that your volunteer program is legally compliant is essential.

Whether your volunteer program is new or established, do you know how legally compliant your organisation is in managing volunteers?

This workshop, delivered by Justice Connect, provides participants with the knowledge required to manage and operate a compliant volunteer program.

If your organisation engages volunteers- this workshop is for you!

What will I learn?

During this three hour workshop, you will gain an understanding of:

  • the legal differences between a volunteer, an employee and an independent contractor
  • different forms of unpaid work (including vocational placements, internships, work trials, work for the dole, and court ordered ‘volunteering’)
  • volunteers and risk management
  • volunteer selection process and equal opportunity laws
  • volunteer screening and background checks
  • how to meet the ‘duty of care’ your organisation owes to volunteers
  • an organisation’s legal responsibility for the actions of its volunteers
  • the importance of volunteer insurance
  • workplace behaviours and volunteers (discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation)
  • reimbursing or paying volunteers
  • volunteers records, personal information and privacy
  • reviewing volunteer performance and having difficult conversations
  • ending the volunteer relationship
  • top tips for managing an effective and legally-compliant volunteer program.


Time: 8:30am to 12pm

Date: Thursday 23 May 2019

Location: The Wattle Room, City of Boroondara offices, 8 Inglesby Road Camberwell

Facilitator: Joanna Barnett, Justice Connect

Audience: Volunteer Managers

Cost: Free

Morning tea will be provided.