Volunteer rights

In accordance with our Code of Ethical Behaviour, all staff and volunteers agree to treat others with integrity, honesty, dignity and respect. Adherence to Brotherhood policy and procedure is a condition of volunteering with us.

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Coming on board

Your safety and the safety of those in our programs and services is paramount to us. We support all Brotherhood volunteers to undertake necessary checks prior to starting your volunteer role. Checks may include:

The Brotherhood reimburses all costs associated with volunteer screening.


Your rights and responsibilities

You have the right to:

  • volunteer in a healthy and safe environment
  • be provided with sufficient training and induction to perform your volunteer role
  • be interviewed and involved in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation
  • have access to policies and procedures which affect you
  • have access to a grievance procedure
  • be reimbursed for authorized out-of-pocket expenses
  • be given accurate and truthful information about the Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • have your confidential and personal information dealt with in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1988.

All Brotherhood volunteers are expected to:

  • report all injuries, near misses and hazards
  • respect confidentiality and privacy
  • adhere to all Brotherhood policies and procedures
  • undertake training and ask for support when needed
  • be punctual, reliable and give notice when your availability changes
  • treat everyone with integrity, honesty, dignity and respect.

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.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
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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.

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