|Protection of Volunteers in the Workplace|
12 March 2012
Volunteers make a substantial contribution to the community services industry but volunteers can be seriously overlooked in workplace labour laws and can be left high and dry when the unthinkable happens.
This is one of the conclusions reached in a pilot study commissioned by GREAT Community Transport (GCT), following a fatal accident involving a GCT volunteer driver in 2008.
The research project titled, Protection of Volunteers in the Workplace, published in 2011, was undertaken by Associate Professor Melanie Oppenheimer and Adam Edwards.
The authors write:
“.... where is the moral obligation of the government bodies who, effectively, require that volunteers do their work?”
The report makes a number of recommendations for Governments, the insurance industry and community organisations.
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