The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement
December 10th, 2018
The National Standards provide a framework for organisations to consider the role of volunteers within the organisation and the impact effective volunteer involvement can have on achieving the strategic goals and aims of the organisation.
This online tool measures your organisation’s performance with volunteer involvement and helps achieve best practice, ultimately improving the organisation’s ability to attract and retain volunteers.
Visit the BNG NGO Services Online website for more information and to subscribe to the Volunteering Australia Self-Assessment Tool.
The Centre for Volunteering runs a number of practical workshops for Volunteer Involving Organisations and Volunteer Managers on Implementing The National Standards. We also run a free 2 hour National Standards ‘Health Check’ for members.
For more information on workshops contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book a free National Standards ‘Health Check’ contact our membership team at email@example.com
Two half-day workshops are offered to assist organisations to prepare and plan for their implementation of the Standards with the guidance of our experienced facilitators and with support from the sector. A morning workshop gives participants knowledge of the Standards (great for senior managers and boards) and the afternoon session looks specifically at implementing the 8 Standards. Workshop objectives include:
This Guide and Workbook is designed as a systematic and ‘user friendly’ method for implementing the National Standards in your organisation. It contains a comprehensive set of instructions and resources to guide you task-by-task through the implementation process.
This resource is suitable for anyone who wants to implement the National Standards or whose job it is to involve volunteers. Together with the National Standards, the Workbook guides you in pinpointing areas to improve in managing volunteer involvement. Crucially, it also helps you recognise your strengths and celebrate what you’re already doing well.
The guide and workbook is available for $25 members and $30 others. Contact us for a copy.
NOTE: The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (2015) are the intellectual property of Volunteering Australia. They are recognised within Australia as the best practice framework for volunteer involvement. As the owners of the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement, Volunteering Australia has endorsed its Foundation Members, the State and Territory Peak Bodies for Volunteering, as being the sole organisations authorised to deliver training and develop resources on the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement. Any unauthorised use of the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement is strictly prohibited.
Additionally, Volunteering Australia will be developing a flexible, tiered voluntary certification, or ‘Quality Mark’ system to enable organisations to check how they are tracking in implementing the Standards.
A good set of Policies and Procedures helps prevent incidences and helps protect volunteers and the organisation. The Centre for Volunteering recommends organisations check every year for continuous improvement that your Policies and Procedures are up-to-date. If you don’t have any, or you want to check yours against industry good practice. This includes the following:
Model Code of Practice from Volunteering Australia 2005 (updated by Volunteering WA 2018)
The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement were developed in consultation with the volunteering sector across Australia during 2015. This initiative bolsters volunteer involvement and serves as a valuable resource for volunteer-engaging organisations.
The Standards provide a sound framework for supporting the volunteer sector in Australia. The Standards are adaptable to different organisation types and different forms of volunteering which reflect the diversity of this growing sector.
An organisation demonstrating compliance with the standards can recruit and retain more volunteers. Plus, the organisation is well-positioned to attract funding or sponsorship for new initiatives.
Please Note that this information does not purport to be legal advice. Should you require specific legal advice in relation to your programs, you should speak to your own legal practitioner.