Code of Conduct

To ensure Outback Links is a positive experience for everyone, there are certain behaviours we expect from Outback Links volunteers

  • At all times act in a manner that promotes and enhances the good reputation of Outback Links and Frontier Services
  • Comply with all Australian legislation
  • Treat your fellow volunteers, the families or individuals we work with, community groups who support us, and others you meet while volunteering, with courtesy and respect
  • Show consideration for the families or individuals by looking after their tools and equipment 
  • Remember that whilst all efforts will be made to meet volunteer expectations, from time to time Outback Links will not be able to meet all expectations
  • Respect and protect the rights and privacy of the people you are helping
  • Understand that the people you assist may be under a lot of pressure, and may seem abrupt, disoriented, uncertain, etc. Act in a supportive, respectful and understanding way
  • Remember that the family or individual has the final say on how work is to be done  and to fit in with rules and how the household/property approaches their work
  • Agree to the Outback Links Equal Employment Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination Policy, Child Protection Policy and Volunteer Agreement.

 

Treat your fellow volunteers, the families or individuals we work with, community groups who support us, and others you meet while volunteering, with courtesy and respect.

Examples may be:

  • Checking to see what time it suits to start work.
  • Keeping your opinions to yourself regarding the way people live.
  • Don’t judge people who have different standards.
  • Ask, don’t assume  anything.

 

Show consideration for the families or individuals you are assisting by looking after their property, tools and equipment.

Examples may be:

  • Ask before you use other peoples tools or equipment.
  • Keep good housekeeping as you work and always clean up after yourself.
  • Work in a neat and tidy manner.

 

Remember that whilst all efforts will be made to meet volunteer and farmer expectations, from time to time Outback Links will not be able to meet all expectations.

Examples may be:

  • Accommodation can be basic, be prepared and self sufficient, your own water bottle/travel mug, plastic bag, hand sanitiser and a packet of wipes can be used for  different purposes.
  • Circumstances can change so be flexible.
  • Be prepared to go with what happens at the time not what was planned.

 

Respect and protect the rights and privacy of the people you are helping.

Remember:

  • You don’t know everything about the people you are working with and the aim is not to increase their stress.
  • You don’t necessarily need to know and they may have no wish to talk to you about their circumstances.
  • There maybe circumstances when you see things which are private in peoples homes and work environments – keep it that way and don’t gossip to others or take photos without permission.

 

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