By Department of Environment and Water
The Department of Environment and Water developed a Volunteer Safety Framework to assist staff manage volunteer safety.
Project implemented: 2012 – ongoing
To meet the department’s obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act (SA) 2012 to maintain a safe operating environment for volunteers.
Volunteering Strategy for SA focus area: 3
UN Sustainable Development Goal: 3, 9, 17
Why is this project important?
The Volunteer Safety Framework provides an effective system to manage volunteer safety across a wide range of activities and operating environments.
Key steps to make it happen
The work health safety Volunteer Safety Framework is a safety system that is enacted whenever a volunteer activity is endorsed by a Department of Environment and Water manager.
As soon as a manager endorses volunteer(s) working in department business, then the agencies ‘duty of care’ under the WHS Act 2012 commences.
A management system is simply a framework that is made up of policy, procedure, forms and checklists. It can be scaled up or down to meet any activity or location, or land tenure.
About the Department for Environment and Water
The Department for Environment and Water aims to help South Australians conserve, sustain and prosper.
The department has a number of short term and long term volunteering opportunities available all year-round across the state to help manage their natural resources.
Ms Gill Peacey
Manager, Volunteer Support Programs
Department of Environment and Water
t 8124 4931 e Gill.Peacey@sa.gov.au