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Volunteers law protection in Western Australia

There are more than 428,000 active volunteers in Western Australia. Almost one in three adults contribute a total of more than 70 million hours of unpaid work to the community (ABS 2000).
The Government’s Valuing Volunteers  policy ensures that volunteers’ contributions are recognised and supported in practical ways.
The Volunteers (Protection from Liability) Act 2002 was proclaimed on 1 January 2003. The Act protects certain volunteers from incurring civil liability when doing community work on a voluntary basis and transfers that liability to the community organisation that organised the work done by the volunteer. Published by the State Law Publisher WA.

Volunteers (Protection from Liability) Act 2002 http://www.community.wa.gov.au/DFC/Communities/Volunteers/PoliciesandLegislation/Legislation.htm#Pub14.

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