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Legislation and Government Guidelines on Volunteering

Articles on this subject

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Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement
http://www.cavrcanada.org/_Library/Docs/CodeEng.pdf
Provides voluntary and not-for-profit organizations in Canada with a philosophical framework for involving volunteers at the governance, leadership and direct service levels. The Code outlines the values, principles, and standards for effective volunteer practices within organizations. It also includes the Organization Standards Checklist.

Community Builders NSW
http://www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/builder/volunteering/agenciesvol.html
Comprehensive information about volunteer programs and activities within New South Wales Government (Australia) agencies. Includes many practical support materials, such as “Working with People” tips.

eLaws:  Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor
http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/docs/volunteers.asp
The US Department of Labor's explanation of the FLSA as it applies to volunteers, including employees as volunteers.

European Commission Youth Programme
http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.htm
Non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years in 31 European countries. The YOUTH programme offers possibilities to young people in the form of both group exchanges and individual voluntary work, as well as support activities.

Policy and Support for Volunteers (New Zealand)
http://www.ocvs.govt.nz/publications/index.html#Websitesampusefullinks7
Site includes a wide range of volunteer management materials as well as government information, including studies of Maori volunteering.

South Australia's "Advancing the Community Together"
http://www.ofv.sa.gov.au/pdfs
A document outlining a "Partnership between the Volunteer Sector and the South Australian Government."

"Tax Deductions for Volunteers"
http://www.tgci.com/magazine/02spring/tax.asp
Excellent summary article from by Conrad Teitell, LL.B., LL.M., provided by the Grantsmanship Center.

Volunteering Code of Good Practice
http://www.thecompact.org.uk/shared_asp_files/GFSR.asp?NodeID=100349
The Volunteering Code of Good Practice sets out an agenda of undertakings for both the government and the voluntary and community sector in England. This site explains the Code. Download a PDF of the Code itself here.

Volunteering...The Australian Way
http://volunteering2021.ning.com/
Site focused on developing a "national volunteering strategy" for Australia, with reports and opportunities to give input.

 

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For information on this topic specifically relating to the Australasian region please visit our friends at OzVPM:

http://www.ozvpm.com/resourcebank/resource_govtpolicy.htm
and http://www.ozvpm.com/resourcebank/resource_govtinvolvement.htm

2/21/11

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