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Australian Parents for Climate Action volunteer agreement

As an Australian Parents for Climate Action Limited (AP4CA) volunteer you can develop valuable skills and experience, make a meaningful contribution to the climate movement, and join an organisation of like-minded people committed to securing a safe future for our children!

This Agreement is accepted online, and when you complete your contact details and tick the box, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to follow this Agreement. This Agreement is not intended to be a legally binding contract between us and it may be cancelled at any time by either us or you, and you are no longer an AP4CA volunteer if this is breached.

As an AP4CA volunteer you agree to the following:

 

Responsibilities 

AP4CA will:

  • Introduce you to how we run and your role within the organisation.
  • Explain your role and the tasks you are authorised to perform.
  • Provide you with an induction and any other training necessary for your role.
  • Assign you a manager who will be available to answer questions and provide feedback.
  • Respect your privacy, including keeping your private information confidential.
  • Stay in touch with you and seek feedback. 
  • Apply our complaints procedure should the need arise.

 

As an AP4CA volunteer, you agree to:

  • Abide by this Agreement and other policies and procedures.
  • Act in the best interests of AP4CA
  • Participate in any training required, only undertake duties you are authorised to perform, and follow reasonable directions and instructions that you are given.
  • Inform your manager if you are unavailable or unable to carry out any specified duties.
  • Discuss any variation of duties or the desire to move to other tasks with your manager.
  • Comply with your obligations under the Work, Health and Safety Act.
  • Notify AP4CA of any health and safety issues or potentially hazardous situations that may pose a risk to you or others, and report any accidents or incidents relating to staff, volunteers or the venue.
  • Use any property or equipment safely and only for the purpose of volunteering and return it when you finish.
  • Comply with the law.

 

Code of Conduct

As an AP4CA volunteer, you agree to:

  • be positive, prompt, professional and polite;
  • abide by our ethos;
  • remember that our work is family-friendly and parent-focused;
  • treat each other and the public with respect and kindness. Personal attacks or hateful comments (e.g. based on religion, culture, race, appearance, sexual orientation, gender, age, ableism, political beliefs or dietary choice, etc) are not acceptable and will not be tolerated; and
  • remember that AP4CA supporters and community members may be suffering from climate grief, fear and trauma, and it is important to show compassion, understanding and kindness.

 

Ethos

It is vital that each AP4CA volunteer embodies our ethos: we are respectful, positive, professional, non-partisan, and focused on relationship building. Non-partisan means that we do not favour one party or candidate over another. We can however critique ineffective policy and action, and support good policy and action.

 

Legal Protection 

Australia has laws that protect volunteers in community organisations from civil liability (i.e. legal action like a negligence claim) in specific circumstances. To be protected, you must perform voluntary community work that is directed or supervised by an incorporated community organisation, and not be affected by drugs or alcohol when you are volunteering.

As an AP4CA volunteer, you agree to:

  • only perform the tasks as instructed by AP4CA;
  • follow the instructions of your supervisor and AP4CA staff; and
  • contact your Manager or contact person if you have questions or concerns about your role, if you are unsure whether a task or work is authorised, or if you are unable to meet your agreed commitments.

 

Work Health and Safety

Volunteer safety, and the safety of everyone involved with AP4CA is a priority. Australia’s states and territories have workplace health and safety laws that apply to many volunteers, and under these and other laws, AP4CA has a duty of care to minimise risks to everyone affected by its conduct including paid employees and volunteers.

 

As an AP4CA volunteer, you may have workplace health and safety duties, and you agree to:

  • take reasonable care for your own health and safety;
  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of others;
  • comply with any reasonable instruction by AP4CA;
  • let AP4CA know of any concerns you may have about safety and/or fitness in undertaking your role;
  • co-operate with all reasonable AP4CA policies and procedures; and
  • contact your manager or contact person if you have questions or concerns about your role, your health and safety, or if you need assistance to undertake your role.

 

Confidentiality and Privacy

As an AP4CA volunteer, you agree to follow confidentiality and privacy laws, including that you agree:

  • to protect personal information and AP4CA or third party confidential information to which you have access in the course of your volunteer activities, from any unauthorised use or disclosure;
  • not use or disclose any personal information, or AP4CA or third party confidential information, to any third party; 
  • to only use and disclose personal information or confidential information as permitted by law, and if you are required to disclose personal information or confidential information by law, you will inform AP4CA prior to any disclosure; and
  • if you become aware of personal information or confidential information that is lost, shared in an unauthorised way, or any other form of breach, you will notify your Manager or contact person immediately. 

 

Intellectual Property

In order for AP4CA to use and promote the things you create as an AP4CA volunteer, you agree:

  • that all intellectual property rights and interests (including copyright) in any ideas or materials you create while providing services to AP4CA as a volunteer, are automatically assigned and transferred to AP4CA; 
  • to consent to the use by AP4CA of such creations in a manner reasonably contemplated by the voluntary services provided under this Agreement; and
  • not to bring any claim for infringement of your moral rights in respect of that use.

 

Thank you and welcome to AP4CA!

Do you agree to the terms of our volunteer agreement?
This agreement is accepted online. Complete your contact details and tick the box to acknowledge that you have read and agreed to follow this agreement.

 

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Australian Parents for Climate Action meet and work on the lands of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and respect that sovereignty of those lands was never ceded. We pay respect to Elders, past and present and emerging, and acknowledge the pivotal role that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the Australian community.