By: Michael Gorton with Russell Kennedy Pty Ltd.

Not for Profit organisations, use and rely on the services of volunteers. This article explores the exposure arising from the use of volunteers.

Legal responsibilities regarding volunteers fall into two categories:

  • responsibilities to volunteers; and
  • responsibilities arising out of the conduct of volunteers.

Occupational Health & Safety Legislation

This legislation will usually impose a statutory responsibility on employers in relation to non-employees such as volunteers.

Duties of employers

Every employer…shall ensure so far as is practicable that persons (other than the employees of the employer…) are not exposed to risks to their health or safety arising from the conduct of the undertaking of the employer…Read more.

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