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Volunteering Australia: The foundation documents "These documents define what volunteering is, the principles that underpin volunteering, standards of best practice, and the major issues affecting the sector. We consider this collection of documents to be integral to understanding the philosophy and practice of volunteering in Australia today."
• Definition and Principles of Volunteering
A definition of formal volunteering and its underpinning principles
• Volunteer Rights and Volunteer Checklist
An overview of volunteers' rights and some important points for volunteers to check off with their organisation before volunteering
• Universal Declaration on Volunteering
An international statement about volunteering, its importance and place in the world, and what characterises volunteering.
• Volunteering - Compact Code
of Good Practice (UK)
"The Volunteering Code identifies four key principles fundamental to volunteering: choice, diversity, reciprocity, and recognition."
Our Community has produced a range of helpsheets on topics in volunteer management:
Other resources include
• National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not for Profit
National standards that describe the elements of a best practice system for involving and managing volunteers. Volunteer Australia.
• Volunteer Australia's National Standards Workbook and Resource Kit
A workbook and resource kit designed as a systematic method of implementing the national standards in your organisation
• Volunteering and youth
development: making a positive difference.
A guide for youth development provider organisations in implementing good practice in volunteering and youth development. Ausyouth , 2002.
• Engaging and retaining volunteers for
Paper presented at 2nd National Youth Development Conference, 2001, by Andrew Fryar , examining three aspects of involving youth in volunteering activities: recruitment, retention, and the implications of current volunteering trends on organisations and individuals who manage volunteers and volunteer programs.
• Volunteering Australia's Corporate Volunteering Help sheet
A guide to assist organisations develop an employee volunteering program :: produced by Volunteering Australia
• The community's most valuable (hidden) asset - volunteering in Australia
This report, prepared for the Department of Family and Community Services, covers current developments, the state of volunteering, projections of future volunteer supply, and motives for, and experiences of, volunteering. Social Policy Research Centre, 2002
• Gender and Volunteering
A look at the gender divide in volunteering. Australian Bureau of Statistics
• Volunteering - statistics
"A statistical overview of volunteering in Australia". Australian Bureau of Statistics
Consumers In: A resource manual in consumer participation for the not-for-profit sector
A resource book to assist the not-for-profit sector to develop policies and practices that facilitate consumer participation in the organisation. (Arthritis Victoria, 2001)
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