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Turramurra Uniting Church Volunteer Information & Contract

Thank you for willingness to be part of the volunteer team at TUC. We are so grateful for the offer of your time, energy and talents to help our church. This form and contract is regarded by the Uniting Church to be completed by all persons applying for volunteering roles. All information will be stored confidentially and will only be used to support you and the groups you are helping with.

#1 Contact Information

#2 Volunteer Information

(It is listed on your certificate)

#3 Other Information

(this does not include driving to and from the church)

#4 Volunteer Contract.

Please review the following Volunteer Contract and click the I agree button below.

The Uniting Church in Australia has formally adopted Policies and Procedures in relation to the supporting and empowering of volunteers within our organisation.  Volunteers are people who undertake work or provide services for the benefit of the Church or others, without payment. They play a vital role in the life of the Church and we thank you for your willingness to be a volunteer with Turramurra Uniting Church. Thank you for willingness to be part of the volunteer team at TUC. We are so grateful for the offer of your time, energy and talents to help our church.

The Turramurra Uniting Church Council is pleased to authorise you as a volunteer in the following roles:

(For key volunteer roles you can find the position descriptions here)

We wish to assure you of our appreciation of your willingness to carry out this role and of the Church’s commitment to support you in that work and to ensure that your experience in the role is both productive and rewarding.

This agreement sets out the responsibilities and obligations under which you agree to volunteer your services, and those that Turramurra Uniting Church agrees in order to support and empower you.

Before you start in your volunteering role, we ask that you participate in the online Induction and Orientation Session to ensure that all authorised volunteers understand their rights and responsibilities.  The Volunteer leaflet for you to read can be found here.

The health and safety of all workers is paramount. Authorised Volunteers are regarded as workers under work health and safety legislation and are obliged to :

  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety;
  • Work in a manner that is safe for them and others within the workplace;
  • Report any hazard, incident or injury immediately it occurs or as soon as practicable.
  • Comply with instructions so far as you are reasonably able – if unsure seek advice;
  • Cooperate, within reason, with the Church’s policies and procedures
  • and, if required, undertake WHS training.

You may have access to personal information about individuals or financial and other confidential matters. It is a condition of your engagement as an Authorised Volunteer that you will not disclose any such personal, confidential or sensitive information that you may receive. You cannot use this information for any personal or business use other than the purpose that it was collected. However, if the information you have received may suggest some illegal activity you may report it to the Volunteer Coordinator or member of Church Council.

As your role may involve unsupervised face-to-face interaction with children, you are required to be familiar with, and undertake, your responsibilities under current and future Child, Aged Care and Disability Protection legislation that has application to your Authorised Volunteer role.

You cannot work as a volunteer with children unless you have given the church your valid Working With Children Check Number. You are also required to be trained in “Safe Church”. Safe Church training workshops run regularly in Sydney and can also be taken online.

If you have not yet been trained in safe church, you will need to have another volunteer present (who has Safe Church Training) at all time when volunteering with children. You have six months from your stating date as a volunteer to complete the “Safe Church” training, otherwise you will be removed from volunteering with children until it is completed.

As your role requires you to have a significant leadership or pastoral role with the elderly or vulnerable adults, you are required to be familiar with, and undertake, your responsibilities under current and future Child, Aged Care and Disability Protection legislation that has application to your Authorised Volunteer role.

You are also required to undergo a criminal record check prior to or within the first month commencing your voluntary duties.  The Church Office will help you undertake this.  Please visit the church office at your convenience.

As your role may require you to access the internet or to post on social media sites on behalf of the church, you are permitted to access the church internet, wifi, computers, phones etc. However when using such facilities, or aministrating the church website or social media sites, you may not to access, download, copy, circulate, distribute, send, receive or otherwise communicate:

  • Material that is hateful, abusive, offensive, or defamatory in nature
  • Material that would violate anti-discrimination and/or harassment laws
  • Confidential material to unauthorised third parties
  • Pornography

Breaches will be treated seriously and can result in prosecution by the relevant authorities.

If you are required to use your private motor vehicle in the course of volunteering your services, you must hold a current driver’s license issued within NSW.

Approval for you to use your private motor vehicle is contingent on:

  • The vehicle being maintained in good and safe working order at all times
  • The vehicle being registered and insured at all times
  • You being liable for any parking or traffic infringements incurred during the course of your voluntary services
  • You immediately notifying both the Volunteer Coordinator and your insurer if your private motor vehicle is involved in an accident whilst you are volunteering.

As a formally Authorised Volunteer you are covered under the Synod’s Volunteer Personal Accident Policy, in the event that you are injured during the course of volunteering your services.  This insurance cover does not extend to damage incurred when using your private motor vehicle. You are personally responsible for all costs incurred if your private motor vehicle is damaged.

Pre-approved out-of-pocket expenses you incur in the course of volunteering your services will be reimbursed provided you provide documentation to substantiate the expenses incurred. Claims should be forwarded through your supervisor or church office.

Either party can end this Agreement at any time by notice to the other party. Neither party intends any employment relationship to be created by entering into or signing this agreement either now or at any time in the future.   Upon ending of the agreement, the Authorised Volunteer must return any Church property, equipment, documents, keys, access codes and records to Turramurra Uniting Church.

I have read and understood the terms of this Agreement. I accept appointment as an Authorised Volunteer and agree to comply with the provisions of the Volunteer Agreement.