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National Standards

The National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not-for-Profit Organisations (National Standards) have been developed by Volunteering Australia through a consultation process with volunteer-involving organisations and volunteers, and aims to promote a model of best practice in the management of volunteers.

National Standards

The National Standards emphasise the importance of adopting a systems-based approach to managing volunteers and compliance with the standards will ensure that volunteer rights are protected, their role is explicit and they work in safe and healthy environments.

Not-for-profit organisations can use the National Standards in a number of ways including:
  • As an audit tool that provides an overall appreciation of where the organisation is placed with respect to best management practice for volunteer involvement.
  • As a guideline or checklist to help identify opportunities for making improvements.
  • As a framework of reference to assist in planning and establishing a new volunteer service.
  • As a baseline from which progress in making improvements can be monitored and measured.

An organisation that is able to demonstrate compliance with the standards is strategically well-positioned to recruit and retain more volunteers, as well as attract funding or sponsorship for new initiatives.

Click here to download a copy of The National Standards.

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