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Volunteering is culturally constructed and culturally specific. Lawyers like to do pro bono work and political activists and environmentalists prefer to see themselves not as volunteers at all but rather as lobbyists, agitators or advocates. And where does informal volunteering sit?
Issues are arising concerning the role and responsibility of volunteers, and the adequate protection of volunteers in the workplace. Volunteers are not employees and there is no employment contract — yet in many workplaces today, volunteers and paid workers sit side by side, doing exactly the same job.
In , there are legal jurisdictions where volunteers are treated the same as paid workers.enter site
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The Work Health and Safety Act includes volunteers and has been adopted in all states with the exception of Victoria and Western Australia. As of January 1 , in a world first, Australia introduced substantial provisions to address workplace bullying and harassment.
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The Fair Work Act Cth was amended to allow any worker who reasonably believes he or she has been bullied at work to apply to the Fair Work Commission — this covers volunteers. This helps explain its invisibility as our social and economic structures focus almost exclusively on paid work.
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This invisibility undermines the importance of volunteering as contributing to the economic productivity and welfare of Australia, and the enormous social and civic contributions of volunteering. This is a critical point to make in budget week. Volunteers are increasingly being called on to plug the gaps and are often willing to do so, but their rights must be maintained. There are costs associated with people volunteering their time.
Out-of-pocket expenses, for example, include costs of petrol, transport, telephone calls, uniforms, training, working with children checks, police checks and medical checks.
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Volunteers must be properly trained and managed. These costs must be factored into budgets and tender processes. We need policy initiatives that properly input volunteer labour as we do paid labour.
The author has written books on volunteering Volunteering. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Melanie Oppenheimer , Flinders University. Without the contributions of its army of volunteers — six million of them in all — Australia would be a profoundly different place.
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