Volunteering in Sport

Volunteering in Sport

The New National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

The new NATIONAL STANDARDS for Volunteer Involvement

Volunteering Australia has announced the launch of the new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement to mark the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2015 (11-17 May). The new Standards incorporate significant changes to the original standards in order to reflect best practice in volunteer management in Australia’s current work environment.

The Standards provide a sound framework for supporting the volunteer sector in Australia. The Standards are much easier to follow and are adaptable to different organisation types and different forms of volunteering which reflect the diversity of this growing sector.

Direct benefits to organisations:

  • They provide good practice guidance and benchmarks to help organisations attract, manage and retain volunteers, and,
  • Help manage risk and safety in their work with volunteers.

Direct benefits to volunteers:

  • They help improve the volunteer experience.

The new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement are available here for free download.

Guidance on applying the Standards will be provided via comprehensive implementation resources.

Additionally, Volunteering Australia will be developing a flexible, tiered voluntary certification, or ‘Quality Mark’ system to enable organisations to check how they are tracking in implementing the Standards.

For more information visit www.volunteeringaustralia.org



Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers

Sports organisations are invited to sign up to the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers to show their commitment to respect, dignity and fairness for volunteers.

Register to receive a certificate and logo that can be used to recommend your sports organisation’s volunteer program.

Adopting the principles for your organisation signals the value placed on the volunteering contribution of individuals who support the grassroots sporting movement.  In this way sports organisations can show appreciation for their members and recognise the contribution they make in strengthening local communities. 

Minister for Citizenship and Communities the Hon Victor Dominello MP announced this initiative following a consultation on improving recognition of volunteers. More than 3000 public responses were received and one of the most popular ideas put forward was for the NSW Government to develop and promote a set of principles outlining best practice in managing volunteers. Acting on this feedback the NSW Government has introduced the set of guiding principles to build expertise in organisations with volunteers.

The Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers is a voluntary code that conveys an expectation of mutual respect. Registering your support sends a clear signal to all volunteers and staff that their roles are respected and their contributions valued.

Information on how to collect the Statement of Principles certificate is available through the NSW Volunteering website. You can click here and see the list of organisations that have chosen to register.

Sport NSW endorses the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers as a companion to its volunteer recognition program: the Community Sports Volunteer Awards.

For more information click here.

Volunteer Resources

Using real examples from the army of volunteers in sport, we have produced a collection of resources for recruiting, keeping and rewarding volunteers.