Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

Congratulations on choosing to volunteer your time and assistance!

As a volunteer you have particular rights and responsibilities, which you should understand before you begin volunteering.


As a volunteer you have the following rights:

  • to be able to say no if you aren't comfortable with, or haven't agreed to, something
  • to be supported in your activities
  • to have a clear understanding of your role e.g. be provided a job description
  • to be given the appropriate guidance/training etc. if necessary to carry out your job
  • to be consulted on things that affect you and your work
  • to have a safe working environment (including being covered by insurance)
  • to be given access to organisation policies and procedures


As a volunteer you have the following responsibilities:

  • to be reliable and on time
  • to carry out any tasks you have agreed to
  • to be trustworthy, respectful, and non-judgmental
  • to maintain confidentiality
  • to ask for support and/or training as necessary

Police Checks

Most organisations require volunteers to undergo a Police Check to ensure the suitability of volunteers for the role they are wanting to undertake.  This is not a difficult process and many organisations can support volunteers to undertake this. It is important to note that it can take around 4 weeks to get the results of this check.

See the Tasmania Police website (external link) for more information.