The ACT Greens are committed to providing volunteers and employees with a safe, healthy and welcoming workplace whether it be in the office or in the field.
Our aim is that volunteers and employees always feel comfortable in discussing their health and safety concerns with Wellbeing Officers, staff, office bearers, and other volunteers.
Helping our volunteers and employees to look out for themselves and others
All volunteers and employees have the right to a safe, healthy and welcoming workplace and access to policies, services and training to help keep them safe. They also have responsibilities for their own safety and for the safety of others.
These rights and responsibilities are detailed in the Volunteer Code of Conduct Agreement that all volunteers are required to sign before starting work.
Health & Safety
Incident report form (Online form)
Hazard report form (Downloadable pdf)
Please use these forms to formally report any of the following situations:
- Any injury that occurs while you are at the party office or while you are on party business
- Serious personal medical events that occur at work
- Incidents or situations that could have resulted in injury (called near misses)
- Hazards with the potential to cause damage to people, the environment, property, or equipment.
Smoking (including vaping) is not permitted by volunteers or employees while engaging in campaign activities or voter contact, or at any time within the party’s offices. Volunteers who smoke will be required to do so in a location that allows others to participate in party activities without exposure to secondhand smoke.
Wellbeing Officers are available to any member of the ACT Greens to discuss any personal difficulty concerning the Party or any of its members. The Wellbeing Officers are effectively trained, authentically assessed, and in receipt of ongoing support in their roles.
Wellbeing Officers aim to be a sounding board for your concerns, help you to cope with your feelings, and help you to clarify your issues and decide what you want to do next.
If you are a member of the ACT Greens and you feel you have been treated unfairly, or you are considering making a complaint about behaviour of a harassing, bullying or discriminatory nature, then the first option for you may be to talk, in complete confidence, to a Wellbeing Officer. You can choose whichever Wellbeing Officer you would prefer to approach.
Here are some great wellbeing tips for candidates & volunteers. (Downloadable pdf)
Employee & Volunteer Assistance Program
All ACT Greens members, volunteers and employees have access to an assistance program provided by Converge International. This provides you with confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues, and helps you deal with the challenges and demands of your work and personal life. Click here for more details or to make an appointment.
As part of our commitment to wellbeing, two online training courses are provided. These trainings ensure that we understand the law relating to sexual harrassment/assault and bullying, and critical issues involving consent, communication, relationships and bystander intervention. This is also part of our commitment to improving broader culture around these issues, by providing training to our staff and volunteers as they work with us, that they can then take into the broader world.
The courses are: Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention and Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
We encourage all volunteers to complete the Consent Matters training as part of building and maintaining a safe and positive culture, and ensuring that individual experiences within our party are meaningful and enjoyable. Employees and volunteers leading campaign activities must complete both courses.
The ACT Greens is committed to good governance and maintenance of a safe environment for all members and volunteers. The ACT Greens has groups, processes and policies to assist members when grievances arise. These groups include:
Wellbeing Officers (WBOs) - the first point of contact for support, information and advice
Support and Mediation Group (SMG) - for mediation services, and support for the Wellbeing Officers
- Arbitration and Conciliation Committee (ACC) - for oversight of dispute resolution within the ACT Greens and a tribunal for investigation and determination of serious matters
Relevant policies are included in the list below.