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Volunteers and the Law

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Does your community organisation engage volunteers? Do you know the legal difference between paid and unpaid workers?

Training overview

This popular session steps participants through the components of a successful and legally compliant volunteer program.

Issues covered include:

  • the legal differences between a volunteer, an employee and an independent contractor
  • the importance of volunteer insurance
  • the volunteer selection process and equal opportunity laws
  • the importance of 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
  • reimbursing or paying volunteers
  • volunteers’ personal information and privacy
  • reviewing volunteer performance and having difficult conversations
  • ending the volunteer relationship
  • recent developments in volunteer case law

Suitable for People involved in managing or coordinating volunteers in a not-for-profit community organisation (or local government)

Standard length 6 hours as a full-day, comprehensive overview of the laws relating to volunteer. This training can also be run in an abridged 3 hour session.

Facilitator A lawyer from NFP Law with expertise in charity and not-for-profit law and experience in providing training to community groups 

Participant feedback

A great seminar, practical and well organised! I have a better understanding of how laws treat volunteers and how to prevent risks and act on them


Very informative seminar; should be compulsory for all volunteer organisations


The seminar provided a great overview of issues that volunteer coordinators should be considering and managing before ever interacting with volunteers. The speakers also included useful vocabulary in framing and/or communicating the volunteer-organisation relationship.”


“A quality presentation which greatly enriched my understanding of legal considerations for the development & improvement of our organisation's volunteer program.”

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