Even with the best safety precautions in place accidents can happen. Volunteers are covered under the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of South Australia’s Voluntary Workers Personal Accident Insurance Policy
NOTE: The Church is not responsible for the actions of volunteers that do not have any accountability to the Church Council (this means that the volunteer has fully completed the Screening and Authority Process).
Be aware that it’s illegal to volunteer in a child-related role without a valid Working with Children Check. Significant penalties, including fines and imprisonment, may apply to breaches.
We have declared to our insurers that as per current legislation, All persons who have a responsibility through their role within the Church (whether paid or voluntary) and/or have the potential to have one to one contact with children, youth and vulnerable people have undergone appropriate Screening and checks before authority is given to proceed with a designated role by the relevant council/body of the Church.
Volunteers are covered under the Uniting Church SA insurance policy if:
- They are actually engaged in any church, welfare or other unpaid activity on behalf of the Church provided that such work is officially organised by and under the control of the Church and/or its relevant Councils or Committees;
- Volunteers should not be allowed to work by themselves.
- Volunteers have been inducted to their work environment and Work Health Safety responsibilities (including your church’s policies and procedures).
For further details on congregational WH&S matters visit this link: https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/human-resources/congregational-resources/WHS-Policy-for-Congregation.pdf
For more information about the conditions of engaging volunteers, refer to https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/family-and-community/volunteering/rights-and-protection
Personal Accident – Voluntary Workers Policy
This policy covers voluntary workers whilst they are:
- actually engaged in any church, welfare or other unpaid activity on behalf of the Church provided that such work is officially organised by and under the control of the Church and/or its relevant Councils or Committees
- There is no benefit for the Medicare Gap
- There is no ambulance cover
- There is no optical cover
- There is no cover if a person is operating a motor vehicle
Benefits under the Policy are subject to certain terms, conditions and exclusions (including limits and excesses) for specific matters contact Insurance Services.
Personal Accident – Work Experience or Students Policy
Cover is provided for persons participating in the Church's work experience programs while such persons are actually engaged in work experience.
Contact the Insurance Services to confirm details.