Yarra Trams Community Partnerships
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Social Affairs

Volunteer Assistance Package for Work Health & Safety Laws


Friday, 3rd February 2012 at 4:21 pm
Staff Reporter
Joint Federal and State workers compensation organisation, Safe Work Australia, has launched a new volunteer assistance package aimed at assisting volunteers and volunteer organisations affected by the new work health and safety (WHS) laws.

Friday, 3rd February 2012
at 4:21 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Volunteer Assistance Package for Work Health & Safety Laws
Friday, 3rd February 2012 at 4:21 pm

Joint Federal and State workers compensation organisation, Safe Work Australia, has launched a new volunteer assistance package aimed at assisting volunteers and volunteer organisations affected by the new work health and safety (WHS) laws.

Developed in partnership with Volunteering Australia, the package includes a Volunteer Assistance Line, email and web page designed to provide guidance and support to volunteers and volunteer organisations.

Launching the package today, Safe Work Australia chair, Tom Phillips, said: “The new laws make sure volunteers receive the same level of protection as any other worker, are not exposed to risks or forgotten or excluded from workplace safety standards.”

“This greater protection will ensure volunteers are able to continue their great work in the community and return home safely,” he said.

A Volunteer Assistance Line has been activated where people can call and talk to an expert for advice on how the new laws affect volunteers and their activities.

Volunteering Australia chief executive, Cary Pedicini, said Safe Work Australia’s new resources will help volunteers better understand the benefits of the new laws.

“Volunteering Australia will continue to work with Safe Work Australia to ensure volunteers are well protected in the workplace and information is readily available in a variety of formats to help them understand the benefits of harmonisation,” Pedicini said.

The volunteer assistance package includes fact sheets, frequently asked questions and useful contacts and is available at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au 
 

Want Pro Bono Australia News delivered straight to your inbox? Subscribe now – it's free!




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Aussie companies urged to get more employees volunteering

Luke Michael

Friday, 19th July 2019 at 5:05 pm

Volunteering: The ultimate act of kindness

Andrew Cairns

Tuesday, 16th July 2019 at 7:30 am

How volunteering developed Lachlan’s career

Contributor

Monday, 1st July 2019 at 7:30 am

Are we thinking about volunteering all wrong?

Ebony Gaylor

Tuesday, 25th June 2019 at 8:44 am

POPULAR

Who earns the most in the social sector… and why?

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 10th July 2019 at 5:32 pm

Communal living touted as answer to Australia’s housing problems

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 9th July 2019 at 8:17 am

Espresso Martinis and Impact
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!