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Victoria (Aus) – Volunteering Definition and Principles

Posted in Australia, Victoria (Australia), Victoria (Australia) - Third sector by blopote on August 13, 2008

Definitions of Volunteering

Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place through not for profit organisations or projects and is undertaken:

  • To be of benefit to the community and the volunteer;
  • Of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion;
  • In designated volunteer positions only.

Principles of Volunteering

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer.
  • Volunteer work is unpaid.
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
  • Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances.
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs.
  • Volunteering seeks to provide mutual benefit for the community and the individual.
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers.
  • Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.

http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/html/s02_article/article_view.asp?id=2962&nav_cat_id=222&nav_top_id=50

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