How do the new restrictions in Victoria affect volunteering?

6th Aug

Important information from Volunteering Victoria about the new Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions and what it means for our organisations and volunteers.

 

S T A G E  4  -  M E T R O P O L I T A N    M E L B O U R N E
for organisations
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Essential services

  • your organisation can still engage volunteers as volunteering is essential and an important part of our community response.
  • essential services volunteers are still permitted but it is important for you to consider whether any further modifications can be made to your services or model to ensure that as few people are out and about as possible

Volunteer recruitment

  • your organisation can still recruit new volunteers for essential services during Stage 4, however roles will have to be performed virtually (online advertisements, and interviews and screening). 

COVID safe plan

  • this is a DHHS requirement for operating when your organisation has more than five people on site. More information can be found at Business Victoria

Movement/permits:

  • for organisations that require volunteers onsite, volunteers will be able to come and go provided that they have a permit and have been endorsed by your organisation as playing a vital role in the delivery of essential services.
  • for organisations that are outside the 5km radius, volunteers will be able to come and go provided that they have a permit and have been endorsed by your organisation as playing a vital role in the delivery of essential services

 

S T A G E  4  -  M E T R O P O L I T A N    M E L B O U R N E
for volunteers
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Essential services

  • you can still volunteer as volunteering is essential and an important part of our community response. If you are volunteering virtually you are absolutely encouraged to continue these activities
  • If you are still volunteering onsite you will need to have a permit from the organisation endorsing you as providing essential services. The permit is available from the Department of Justice and Community Safety and must be endorsed by you and the organisation

Movement/permits:

  • you are allowed to leave the house if your role cannot be done remotely provided your volunteering falls within the permitted community services which are required to ensure the health, safety and well-being of vulnerable people as described above, you will be able to leave home to volunteer provided, further, that you abide by the current curfew restrictions.

 

M O R E   I N F O R M A T I O N
for organisations & volunteers
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For organisations

  • the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline (13 22 15) and DHHS hotline (1800 675 398) remain the key channels for Victorian businesses and the community at this time
  • the Business Victoria website has also been updated with information on creating a COVID Safe workplace – what employers need to know, including employer obligations information, fact sheets and more

For volunteers

you can find more information about the latest restrictions online at the DHHS website

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