What do the current Stay At Home Restrictions mean for volunteering?
Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021
Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Amendment (No 4) Order 2021
“The Order also imposes additional restrictions on certain persons who have been in Greater Sydney, including requiring them not to leave their places of residence or temporary accommodation without a reasonable excuse. Examples of a reasonable excuse include leaving for reasons involving— (a) obtaining food or other goods and services in Greater Sydney, or (b) for the purposes of work or education if it is not possible to do it at home, or (c) exercising in Greater Sydney, or (d) medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.”
One of the four main reasons for leaving home is for the purposes of “work” or education if it is not possible to do this at home.
To further clarify this, the Definition of “Work” as specified in the Public Health Act 2010:
“Work – includes (a) work done as a volunteer or for a charitable organisation.”
As with paid work, volunteering is permitted where the volunteer work is required and the volunteer is unable to work from home.
Important Information for Volunteer Involving Organisations
Organisations should carefully consider the need for their volunteers to provide services outside the home.
It is recommended that Volunteer Involving Organisations who require their volunteers to be active in the community to provide essential services during the current Stay At Home Order, provide their volunteers with documentation to substantiate the legitimate reason that these volunteers are required to leave home.
VIOs should monitor https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx#gathering-exemptions for the latest information.