Volunteer AgreementA Volunteer Agreement sets out the terms and conditions for your volunteers when assisting you in your business.
A Volunteer Agreement is essential when you are engaging volunteers to help out in your organisation. A Volunteer Agreement sets out the terms and conditions for your volunteers, ensuring that they are clearly defined. Apart from stating the obligations and responsibilities of the volunteer, it also sets clear boundaries when it comes to the handling of sensitive and confidential information.
What does the Volunteer Agreement cover?
- Terms of the engagement;
- Volunteer duties and responsibilities;
- Health and safety;
- Termination of agreement; and
- a Volunteer Declaration.
Other names for Volunteer Agreement include:
- Volunteer Contract.
What is the difference between a Volunteer Agreement and an Internship Agreement?
Volunteers often work with the main purpose of benefiting someone else, such as supporting a community organisation or charity. Volunteers do not intend to create a legally binding contract and do not expect to be paid for their work. A Volunteer Agreement clearly defines the boundaries of the relationship to ensure it does not turn into an employment relationship.
An internship is typically a student or trainee, who will sometimes work without pay in exchange for skills, knowledge and experience with an industry. Unpaid internships are regulated by the Fair work Act 2009 (CTH) and the internship agreement express the obligations, rights and responsibilities of both parties.
Will this Volunteer Agreement work for a not-for-profit organisation?
Most non-for-profit organisations would obtain volunteer to help with daily operations of the organisation. Having a Volunteer Agreement in place would ensure the terms and conditions are clearly set out for the volunteer.
Is a Volunteer Agreement a legally binding contract?
A Volunteer Agreement is not intended to be legally binding between the organisation and volunteer and often does not require a signature. A Volunteer Agreement may be cancelled at any time by either party.