Information for community groups and organisations

This page includes important information and advice for community groups or organisations with volunteers in permitted industries following the implementation of Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions by the Victorian Government in August.

Re-opening information for Community Groups

Community groups are the heart of Stonnington. The Coronavirus Guidance for Community Groups(PDF, 430KB) have been developed to prepare and assist in re-opening whilst providing a COVID-19 safe environment. For additional information contact Nat Bachiega on nbachieg@stonnington.vic.gov.au or through the COVID hotline 8290 1439.

Adapting volunteer roles at your community group or organisation

Volunteering Australia recommends adapting volunteering roles to minimise or remove face-to-face contact to reduce the risk of infection of COVID-19.

Adjustments to volunteering roles may include:

  • Postponing volunteer work that cannot be done safely within COVID-19 requirements
  • Moving volunteering online so volunteers can work from home
  • Replacing face-to-face contact with telephone contact
  • Ensuring volunteers keep a distance of 1.5 metres during instances of face-to-face contact
  • Reducing face-to-face contact to less than 15 minutes

The Victorian Government's We Volunteer site connects volunteers with groups and organisations looking for help, groups and organisations can register to be connected with potential volunteers. 

Information for volunteers

The Victorian Government has established We Volunteer to connect volunteers with groups and organisations who need help.  

This portal provides a platform where people looking for volunteer roles can register their skills and search for roles that meet their interests – with many of these roles able to be performed from home.

During stage four restrictions, you can volunteer from home, you must volunteer from home. The Department of Health and Human Services has information about obtaining a permit to leave the house to volunteer.

Further information for volunteers and community groups and organisations

Volunteering Victoria has published a number of useful resources for both volunteers and volunteer managers.

Justice Connect has published answers to some important questions on managing staff and volunteers during a crisis.

Volunteering Victoria can be contacted on 8327 8500 or info@volunteeringvictoria.org.au. DHHS can be contacted on 1300 650 172.