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Being a volunteer under the Work Health and Safety Act

Under the Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Act, you are a volunteer if you are working without payment or financial reward for an organisation that also engages paid workers.

If you are a volunteer under the WHS Act you are also a worker. This means that the organisation you volunteer for must provide you the same protections as its paid workers.

  • As a worker you also have duties under the WHS Act
  • Your organisation must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all its workers. This protection covers your physical safety as well as your mental health at work.




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