Volunteer Policy

TeslaFest’s mission is ‘to deliver an exploration of the weird and wonderful, where people can create, connect and be totally themselves.’.

Our core values are:

  • Respect – for one another and TeslaFest’s mission, ethos and values
  • Inclusiveness – welcoming of diverse participation, contribution and efforts
  • Teamwork – common goals, different roles, collaborative action, shared accountability and rewards
  • Professionalism – good governance and management; honesty, integrity and transparency
Policy Statement and Principles

Volunteers are essential to the Festival; we absolutely would not be able to produce TeslaFest without them. Volunteers contribute tremendously to the character and community of TeslaFest, filling major roles required to run it.

We aim to ensure that the experience of participation as a Volunteer is one that benefits everyone mutually. We strive to provide effective management of our Volunteers and abide by best practice under Volunteering Australia’s Standards, Definitions and Guidelines:

National Standard for Volunteer Involvement 2015

New Definition of Volunteering

Volunteer Rights

TeslaFest reserves the right to decline an application from any person applying to be a Volunteer for the Festival

TeslaFest supports that Volunteering

  • is of benefit to the community and the Volunteer
  • is undertaken for no financial payment
  • is always a matter of choice – undertaken of the Volunteer’s own free will and without coercion
  • is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances
  • is a legitimate way in which people may participate in the activities of their community
  • is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
  • [where possible] is not a substitute for paid work
  • [finances permitting] should not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
  • respects the rights, dignity and culture of others, and
  • promotes human rights and equality.
Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

TeslaFest respects the rights of Volunteers. We

  • comply with legal requirements under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) to provide Volunteers with a healthy and safe workplace
  • assess our Volunteer applications in accordance with anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation
  • provide our Volunteers with orientation and training
  • provide appropriate and adequate insurance coverage for our Volunteers
  • define our Volunteer roles and are developing clear job descriptions
  • provide appropriate levels of support and management for Volunteers
  • provide Volunteers with access to policies pertaining to their work
  • make every effort to limit the commitment of Volunteers during the Festival Period to no more than 15 hours, unless they voluntarily offer additional time, and
  • differentiate between paid and unpaid roles and prefer not to place Volunteers in roles that were previously held by paid staff or have been or should be identified as paid jobs [but acknowledge there will be times when limited finances may mean there is no alternative] – in deciding whether a role should be a paid role or filled by a Volunteer we will have regard to the criteria in Volunteering Australia’s Volunteer Roles Toolkit, the Festival’s budget and appropriate risk management principles.

We expect our Volunteers to:

  • make an informed choice to Volunteer with us
  • inform us about their relevant skills and experience
  • inform us about any existing medical condition, special needs or other relevant factors that should reasonably be taken into account in assessing which Volunteer roles might be appropriate for the particular Volunteer
  • undertake any work orientation and training provided by us relevant to the Volunteer’s duties, and
  • comply with our Volunteer Code of Conduct