For Volunteer

Leading People During COVID-19

Updated 28 October 2020

Is my volunteer program allowed to operate?

Yes. Volunteering is essential to the wellbeing of our community. Your volunteer program will still need to ensure it has a COVID safe plan in place, as well as continue to abide by ongoing government directives.

Where possible, if it is possible to volunteer from home or virtually, this is encouraged.

Do I need to issue permits for my volunteers?

Permits are no longer required for volunteers who live within 25 km of where they volunteer. If a volunteer has to travel more than 25km to volunteer, or will go outside this zone during their shift a permit is still required until 8 November 2020. A permit is also still required for volunteers who may be crossing between regional Victoria and metro Melbourne until 8 November 2020.

What is a COVID safe plan and do I need one?

Your COVID Safe Plan helps protect your workers, customers and visitors and to prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace. This is a DHHS requirement for operating when your organisation has more than five people on site. More information can be found at Business Victoria

DHHS has outlined six essential elements to a COVID safe workplace:

  • Ensure physical distancing
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Act quickly if someone becomes unwell
  • Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces
  • Create workforce bubbles

Volunteering Victoria has created an animated video resource to assist you in managing this with your volunteers. It is accessible here.

I’m organising a volunteer event – can this happen?

Volunteer events can be arranged with a COVID safe plan and up to 10 people outside.

My volunteer team has reduced in size due to the COVID shut down – how can I recruit more volunteers?

There are many ways to recruit volunteers. Common recruitment methods include advertising on GoVolunteer, weVolnunteer or your organisations website or social media. You can also get in touch with your local Volunteer Support Service. Word of mouth is also incredibly powerful so make sure you are talking to people in your community about the volunteer opportunities at your organisation.

Still have questions – get in touch with us via [email protected]

Resources for Volunteer Managers

COVID-19 FAQs | 6 August 2020

COVID-19: Webinars & Workshops

Welcoming Volunteers Back Safely Checklist

Volunteering Program Status Snapshot

Volunteers Recruitment Checklist

Safe Workplace Communication Sheet

Individual Volunteer Program Assessment

COVID-19 Risk Register Template

The Impact of COVID-19 on Employers’ WHS Obligations

Volunteering Safely Under Different Pandemic Stages

COVID-19 Sector Survey Results

Guide: Staying Connected

Best Practice: Setting Up an Employee Volunteering Program During Covid-19

COVID-19: Stop the Spread

Creative Initiatives During COVID-19

COVID-19: VMIA Insurance Fact Sheet

COVID-19: Volunteer Engagement Response Plan

Celebrating National Volunteer Week Virtually

Leveraging Technology

Re-starting Your Volunteer Program Guide

COVID-19: SIG Meetings

COVID-19: Policy Template

COVID-19: General advice

COVID-19: Business Continuity