What to expect when you volunteer

Volunteering is a fabulous way to engage with your community. By contributing your time, talents and networks you can assist in the Brotherhood’s work and can make a positive difference in the lives of disadvantaged Australians.

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The benefits of volunteering include:

  • making a positive difference in your community
  • utilising your skills and expertise in a rewarding way
  • developing new skills
  • experiencing new opportunities
  • employment pathways
  • making connections and friendships within your community
  • bringing out your best.

We value volunteers in our organisation

Volunteers at the Brotherhood of St Laurence are protected and supported by our principles, procedures and safe workplace practices. Your safety and the safety of those in our programs and services is paramount to us.

We support all Brotherhood volunteers to undertake:

Your rights and responsibilities

You have the right:

  • to work in a healthy and safe environment
  • to be interviewed and employed in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation
  • to be adequately covered by insurance
  • to be given accurate and truthful information about the organisation for which you are working
  • to be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred on behalf of the organisation for which you are working
  • to be given a copy of the organisation's volunteer policy and any other policy that affects your work
  • not to do the work of paid staff during industrial disputes
  • to have a job description and agreed working hours
  • to have access to a grievance procedure
  • to be provided with orientation to the organisation
  • to have your confidential and personal information dealt with in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1988
  • to be provided with sufficient training to do your job.

All volunteers are expected to:

  • respect confidentiality and privacy
  • be punctual and reliable
  • carry out the duties listed in your volunteer position description
  • be accountable
  • give notice if your availability changes or you are leaving the organisation
  • report any injuries or hazards that you notice in the workplace
  • adhere to the organisation's policies and procedures
  • deal with complaints in the appropriate manner
  • undertake training as requested
  • ask for support when needed
  • support other team members.

Interested in becoming involved? Apply to volunteer

  • Haven't found the right position? Contact our office via email, volunteer(at)bsl.org.au, and we can find you something based on your skills and expertise. 

Once we have received your expression of interest we will contact you to find out more about your interests, skills and availability.

We will match you with a program or service and you can expect to meet them and get a feel for the role before you undertake the formal registration process. 

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.