School community work (volunteering work) is community work undertaken by students which:
- supports students' learning and career development
- directly benefits the community
- is organised by the school
- is approved by the principal of the school as school community work.
School community work should be undertaken voluntarily by students and they must not receive any remuneration or reward for this work.
School community work resources
The Department has developed a set of resources to support Victorian government schools to arrange school community work placements and protect the health, safety and welfare of volunteer student workers. Schools are encouraged to refer to these resources when arranging school community work.
Child safe standards
The child safe standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools to help ensure the safety of children.
Ministerial Order 870 requires the school governing authority to develop and implement risk management strategies. The strategies are to ensure child safety in school environments. School environments include workplace learning environments where students undertake work experience, structured workplace learning, school community work (volunteering) and school based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Use these guides to help you comply with the requirements of Ministerial Order 870