The below resources and links have been curated and collated to help navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 requirements.

Refer back to this page regularly for updated resources.

Re-engaging and Rebooting Volunteer Seminar Series

As the state of NSW begins to emerge from COVID-19, The Centre for Volunteering delivered a series of seminars to help equip Volunteer Involving Organisations with the tools to navigate the difficult transition period.

You can register for The Centre for Volunteering’s November Management Forum – Volunteer Engagement and Recruitment During Lockdown 2021 here.

Catch up on past seminars here: here:

Restarting Your Volunteer Programs

The animation below and PDF Guide have been developed to assist you in restarting your volunteer programs post COVID Lockdown.

Restarting Your Volunteer Programs

PDF GUIDE – Returning Volunteer Programs and Volunteers During COVID-19

COVID-19 Emergency Volunteering

Volunteering can provide vital support to people in the community who are impacted in an emergency – that’s why we’ve launched a new emergency volunteering website calling on people to lend a hand during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

We are calling for members of the public to register their details through a simple sign up process and help deliver essential services to those most vulnerable in our community.

If you are a community organisation, Local Government Authority or any other organisation who needs additional volunteers in relation to this emergency, then please contact us.

Find Out More

External Sites

NEW: NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice – Guide to recovery and sector support for COVID-19 management

NEW: NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice – Sector support for DCJ service providers preparing COVID-19 Managment Plans

NCOSS COVID-19 Vax Risk Assessment Toolkit

Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NSW Government – COVID19

NSW Government – COVID Safe Business

Safe Work Australia – Information for Work Places

Advocate for Children and Young People – Digital Lunchbreak

Mental Health Commission of NSW – How to find mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Extension of date for submission of COVID-19 management plans

DCJ have extended the deadline for COVID-19 management and vaccination policy for DCJ service providers. The deadline for these plans was 8 December 2021 and it has now been extended to 22 December 2021.

Plans are now required to be in place by 22 December 2021. 

DCJ is working with peak organisations, and developing guidance information resources and a series of webinars to support service providers develop COVID management plans, including risk assessments. The webinars will be held in the week commencing 15 November 2021.  Details about the webinar dates and times will be available on our webpage next week.

Some information and resources, including the NGO Guide to Recovery and examples of DCJ’s COVID-19 risk assessments, are now available on the webpage for your information. More content will be uploaded as it’s developed.

Australian and NSW Government Resources

COVID-19 vaccination – Resource pack for residential aged care

Gathering Safely: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidelines for seniors

Department of Communities and Justice – Mandatory Vaccinations: Information for DCJ Service Providers

Australian Government – Vaccinations and your business

Fair Work Ombudsman – Vaccination: Workplace rights and obligations

Risk Assessments

All currently operating businesses must assess the risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 and implement control measures to manage those risks. They must also assess any other new or changed risks arising from COVID-19, for example, customer aggression, high work demand or working in isolation.

“When should I do a risk assessment?” – Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia – Industry Risk Assessments

COVID-19 Risk Register Template (Work Safe Australia)

COVID-19 Risk Assessmsnt Checklist (WorkSafe Australia)

The Centre for Volunteering: COVID-19 Updates

Update for Service Providers

Volunteering While Under a Stay at Home Order

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of residential aged care workers

The Centre for Volunteering: Free Resources

NEW – Returning Volunteer Programs and Volunteers During COVID-19

NEW – COVID-19 Actions Guide

Tips for Optimising Virtual Volunteering

COVID-19 and Informal Volunteering Groups

Responding to a Pandemic: A Practical Guide for Volunteer Involving Organisations

Volunteering in Response to a Pandemic: A Practical Guide for Volunteers

Information Sheet: Engaging Volunteers during COVID-19 for VIOs

Information Sheet: Business continuity: How to minimise impacts on core activities

Volunteering Australia: Free Resources

Information Sheet: COVID-19 Position Paper 1 – Volunteering and National Policy Settings

Information Sheet: COVID-19 Position Paper 2 – Safeguarding Volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations

Volunteers and COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out: Information Sheet (30 March 2021)

NEW: COVID-19 Position Paper No.3: Volunteering, Vaccinations and Being COVIDSafe

NEW: Volunteers in Aged Care and COVID-19 Vaccinations: Position Statement

NEW: Volunteers and COVID-19 Vaccinations: Information Sheet

Other Sources

Justice Connect: Volunteers and the COVID-19 vaccine, workplace safety during COVID-19.

Justice Connect: Managing the return of volunteers to the workplace

Not-for-profit Law: Frequently Asked Questions on managing permanent and casual employees and volunteers during a crisis

Beyond Blue: Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

SBS: Coronavirus information in your own language

Justice Connect: Legal Advice for not-for-profit organisations

Justice Connect: Information for Volunteers

Documents updated November 2021