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    Risk Management Key to Successful Volunteer Program

    The Federal Government’s plans to expand the work-for-the-dole scheme promise plenty of debate about volunteer rights and responsibilities. It’s timely to remember that investing in volunteers is not just about funding, but best practice, writes Ansvar Acting CEO Deirdre Blythe.

    There’s no doubt volunteering can be a wonderful win-win – a hugely productive workforce for organizations, and for the individual the opportunity to contribute, socialize, and gain valuable skills. But in Australia today, organizations that engage volunteers can’t afford to be casual.

    Whatever the shape of the final work-for-the-dole programed, I hope that we see an acknowledgement from all players that investing in risk management is critical to the success of any volunteer management program.

    Risk management ( http://dymanassociatesprojects.com/about.. ) not only reduces potential liabilities and reputational harm, it also demonstrates the desire to create a safe environment and protect the wellbeing of volunteers, staff and service recipients.

    Most people see goodwill and a gift of ‘free’ labor as central to volunteering, but engaging a volunteer is not always cost-free. Harmonized workplace health and safety laws introduced around the country show no distinction between volunteers and paid staff.

    Both are now categorized as ‘workers’ and equal protection is required both within Australia and overseas, and anywhere that can be deemed a ‘workplace’ within the definitions of the Act.

    We recently settled the claim of a retired electrician who fell from a ladder while sanding the wall of a building at a community working bee. The case demonstrated a graphic example of the importance of appropriate supervision of volunteers even in that otherwise described social setting. The case also demonstrated the importance of matching the skills of volunteers to the tasks to be performed.

    It’s recommended that all tasks that pose hazards should be carried out by trained staff or contracted professionals. Learn About Cyber Security ( http://dymanassociatesprojects.com/cyber.. )

    Australia already has a proud community of over six million volunteers and growing. With the prospect of a new pool of people coming on board, it’s timely for everyone involved to remind ourselves that successful volunteer placements are the result of a little bit of luck and a lot of good management.

    An informed, thoughtful, systematic risk management plan is fundamental to achieving the volunteer success stories we all love to applaud and celebrate.

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