NRE Tas Volunteers
Important COVID-19 advice for NRE Tas Volunteers
All NRE Tas volunteer programs must comply with the NRE Tas COVID-19 Safe Plan, including ensuring appropriate control measures are in place. To find out more about the Tasmanian Government's Safe Workplaces Framework, refer to the
WorkSafe Tasmania website.
All volunteers should make themselves familiar with the Department's COVID- 19 Safe Plan prior to undertaking any volunteering activities associated with the Department.
Please note that vaccination is mandatory for all our volunteers.
NRE Tas COVID-19 Safe Plan (PDF 500Kb)
Mandatory vaccinations for Volunteering Activities
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania is committed to the health and safety of all our workers. The staff of the NRE Tas are fortunate to work alongside thousands of hardworking and skilled volunteers, who partner with us every day to achieve environmental conservation and sustainability outcomes to reserve the heritage and biodiversity of Tasmania.
With borders opening from 15 December 2021, NRE Tas has been examining the impact of the spread of COVID-19 on our workers and corresponding Departmental activities. Following an extensive risk assessment process, it has been determined that all workers engaging in activities related to NRE Tas, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of each other and to help protect the community. Under the
Workplace Health and Safety Act 2012, a worker is a person who carries out work in any capacity for a person conducting a business or undertaking, this includes a volunteer.
With this context, all volunteers will be required to have an 'up-to-date' vaccination status (as defined by Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) to continue to take part in volunteering activities with NRE Tas. Volunteers will be required to register their vaccination status via NRE Tas's volunteering portal, the
Better Impact System, prior to undertaking their next volunteer activity. It is encouraged that all volunteers endeavour to update their status as soon as possible. Those who have not registered on the system should do so prior to their next volunteering activity.
In accordance with Public Health advice, some individuals are at greater risk of more serious illness, including death, if they contract Coronavirus. Any volunteers who have concerns regarding their risk of exposure to COVID-19 are encouraged to discuss their personal circumstances with their medical practitioner and develop an individual COVID-19 Action Plan.
Further information is available on the
Tasmanian Coronavirus website.
Consult with us
Where a COVID-19 Action Plan has been developed, please ensure that firstly, you review whether your volunteer participation is supported in accordance with the medical advice received. Secondly, ensure that any control measures are discussed with your NRE Tas representative so that the Department can consider how we reasonably manage your participation.
It is important that all workers manage their own health and safety, and that of others by being vigilant, adhering to
any updated advice, and taking immediate preventative steps should the situation change.
We reserve the right to amend volunteer programs and participation in accordance with any updated Public Health advice and/or any individual COVID-19 Action Plans.
Becoming an authorised NRE Tas volunteer
To ensure volunteer involvement is supported and managed appropriately, the Department has developed the Volunteer Management Framework (VMF).
Employees utilise the VMF to plan and manage volunteer programs that comply with relevant legislation and are assessed for hazards, risks, and any impacts to the environment, including cultural and heritage sites.
Once a volunteer program is approved and individuals participating have registered as NRE Tas volunteers, the Department provides volunteer insurance cover to those who participate.
Importantly, individual volunteers and community group members that have not registered as NRE Tas volunteers or sought relevant program approvals, are not covered by NRE Tas volunteer insurance and are not considered to be undertaking authorised volunteer activities on land managed by the Department - in some cases, the activities may, in fact, be illegal.
If you are a community volunteer group (including 'Friends of' groups), interested in caring for a local patch, National Park or Reserve, you should first review The LIST to establish the responsible land manager. Where the land is under NRE Tas management, please contact the relevant division for information, support, and program assessment.
Volunteer Team Leaders of Community Volunteer Groups, are asked to partner with us to ensure programs meet the necessary requirements:
- Collaborate with us to develop an approved 'NRE Tas Volunteer Program Plan' to support participation;
- Complete volunteer attendance records for each activity;
- Ensure that any group member who wishes to participate has registered as a NRE Tas volunteer (refer Volunteer Opportunities section) and has read the NRE Tas COVID-19 Safe Plan prior to participation.
Equal opportunity volunteering
The NRE Tas Volunteer Team is committed to ensuring that our volunteer engagements are in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation.
We value equal opportunity volunteering which means we support and uphold diversity and inclusion and will not discriminate based on an individual's personal characteristics including:
- marital status
- political or religious beliefs
Volunteer information, including new opportunities for involvement, should be accessible to all.
The Department is also working to improve online information and experiences so that it is more useful, usable and accessible to everyone.
Refer to the Department's Accessibility pages for more information, including navigation tips, translation and interpretation assistance, and opportunities to provide us with feedback.
For further information contact your NRE Tas representative directly or email email@example.com