2021 MSA Volunteering - Application Form
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!!
There are so many people out there who, just like you, like being involved and being part of a team that builds an exciting atmosphere at university.
There are always plenty of opportunities to get involved so make sure you keep an eye on the MSA website, the MSA Volunteering emails and the Facebook page.
Please make sure you apply for a Working with Children Check asap! It's free and a requirement of all Monash volunteers.
For more information:
If you have any questions, send an email to
and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Also check out more information about MSA volunteering via the MSA website:
VOLUNTEER REWARD POINTS
All MSA volunteers receive reward points for their time.
For more information go to:
If you receive over 30 points, you will receive a volunteer certificate.
Points are reset to 0 on the last day of exams every year.
Volunteer Reward Point List
MSA VOLUNTEER POLICY
Please use your Monash student email
Mobile contact number
Your number will only be used in an emergency.
Secondary contact number
Date of birth
Which Monash Campus are you based?
Which Monash campus/s would you like to volunteer for?
Caulfield (Non MONSU Caulfield volunteering)
Peninsula (Non MONSU Peninsula volunteering)
Prefer not to disclose
Emergency contact person
Emergency contact relationship
For example, mother, father, friend, etc
Emergency contact phone number
Monash Abroad (exchange)
Years studied at Monash University
Your year of study this year. For example: First Year = 1, Second Year = 2 etc
5 or more
What Monash faculty are you a part of?
Art Design & Artichecture
Arts / Business
Arts / Education
Arts / Law
Arts / Science
Eng / IT
Eng / Science
Law / Science
Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Science / Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Have you volunteered for the MSA before? If yes, please indicate the number of years.
No, I have not volunteered for MSA
More than 3 years
What MSA activities, programs or roles have you volunteered for before?
Ok. Brace yourself, this part is long and intense...
When a volunteer opportunity arises, we will email you BUT we do not email everyone on our volunteer database.
We will only email the volunteers who have shown interest in the following volunteer programs and volunteer genres.
We also promote large volunteer activities on our MSA Volunteering facebook page:
I would like to volunteer for....
Activism / Campaigning
Administration Tasks & Data Entry
Amigo Moderator (Virtual Volunteering) - Additional application required
MSA Art Committee
ASK Me Ambassador - Additional application required
MSA Breakfast Club
MSA Dance Mob: Dance Instructor
Environmental and Sustainability focused volunteering
Events & Activities (inc. Weekly events such as Wednesday Sessions)
Free Food Mondays
MSA Freebies Team (Facebook & Instagram Editors & Contributors)
MSA Fresh (fruit and vegetable handout)
MSA Food Forward (Coming soon)
MSA/MPSU InstaCook (Food Instagram Editors & Contributors)
MSA InstaCook Live: Masterclass Presenter
Internships and Department Experience - Additional application required.
MSA Life Hacks (Life Hacks Instagram Editors & Contributors)
MSA Letter & Gift Exchange- Admin Volunteers
Lot's Wife (Your contact details given to Lot's Wife editors for further contact)
Mature Age and Part Time Students (MAPS)
Major Events (Orientation Festival, MSA Party, SummerFest, WinterFest)
MSA Music Drop-In: Coach
MTPD Basic Computer Skills Tutoring
MTPD Learning, literacy and Numeracy Tutoring
MTPD Trainee Teacher Observers
Monash Uni International Student Service Volunteering (Your contact details given to MUISS for further contact)
MSA Department Committee or Collective (you must be an elected representative)
MSA Language Drop In (Volunteer Language Class Facilitators)
MSA Mask Makers (& other sewing project volunteers, eg Heat Pack making)
MUST (Student Theatre) (Your contact details given to MUST for further contact)
MSA Nutrition & Healthy Living Leader
MSA O-Camps & Events (Pre-Semester Volunteering) - Addition application required
MSA Paparazzi (Videographers & Photographers- SLR Experience Required)
MSA Skill Share (apply if you have skills that students may need help with, such as graphics, changing a tyre, IT help)
MSA Raising and Giving (Fundraising and Charity volunteering for non-for-profits)
Radio Monash (Your contact details given to Radio Monash for further contact)
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Archiving & History Volunteers
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Collection & Development Researcher
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Community Engagement Volunteers
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Beyond the Book Seminar Facilitators
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Book Club Facilitators
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Library Volunteers
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Music Chats Facilitators
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Reading Challenge Facilitators
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Social Game Facilitators
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Social Media Volunteers
Student Union Recreational Library (SURLY) Zine Editors
MSA Study Buddy Admin & Group Logistics Volunteer
MSA/MPSU Tax Help
MSA Trips (Volunteers who help run adventure day events)
MSA Volunteer Lounge Maintenance Volunteering
Virtual Volunteering (Things you can do from home eg. Zooniverse, TED Translators)
Wholefoods (Your contact details given to Wholefoods for further contact)
Welfare Warriors & Welfare Initiatives (Welfare On Wheels, Dog Cafe)
MSA Zoom Yoga Instructor
MSA Walking Group
MSA Frozen Meal Handout Events
Do you have any current certifications or qualifications?
I do not have any qualifications or experience
Responsible Service of Alcohol
Food Handling Certificate
Mental Health First Aid
Tell us what would you like to achieve from volunteering?
Develop administrative skills
Develop leadership skills
Gain experience working events
Meet new people
MSA's sweet Volunteer Reward System
All of the above
Do you have any medical condition or illness/injury which would impact on your ability to perform this type of work?
If yes please provide details in the "other" Section. Please notify your volunteer supervisor at the start of any volunteer activity.
How did you hear about MSA Volunteering?
MSA Volunteering Facebook Page
New to Monash Facebook Group
Monash Volunteering Website
Friends & Family
Poster/Plasma Screen Graphics
MSA Volunteer Policy
Read the below or follow the link for a PDF:
1.1 Monash Student Association (MSA) believes that volunteering is a practical and productive
way to engage the community with the organisation and improve its services to all students.
1.2 Volunteering opportunities can help with professional and personal development and let
students have fun, meet new people, and have a break away from studies. The main purpose
of volunteer work is to benefit the MSA which is a not-for-profit organisation.
1.3 The Volunteer Policy supports volunteers who assist MSA by performing voluntary work
without the expectation of monetary compensation. They do work which is not performed by
MSA's paid workforce.
Volunteers are not covered by MSA's workers compensation insurance. MSA is not obliged to
take out personal injury insurance for volunteers. Volunteers are covered by MSA's public
indemnity insurance for accidental damage caused to other parties but not for wilful or negligent
damage caused by volunteers.
3 How do students become MSA Volunteers?
3.1 Students can become a volunteer by signing up to be a current Volunteer on the MSA
Volunteering website below.
3.2 Registration forms will be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator. References may be
checked and if the position involves working with children, child protection checks will be
3.3 A Working with Children’s check must be completed and a copy given to the Volunteer
Coordinator before any volunteer work with children is undertaken.
3.4 The MSA Volunteer agreement must be completed and a copy given to the Volunteer
Coordinator before any Volunteer work is undertaken.
4 Rights and Responsibilities of MSA Volunteers
4.1 Volunteers have the right to:
(a) work in a healthy and safe environment;
(b) be engaged in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation;
(c) be paid out of pocket expenses;
(d) be provided with a copy of the MSA Volunteer Policy and other relevant policies and
procedures and treated with fair process;
(e) have access to a grievance resolution procedure; and
(f) be provided with appropriate induction and training for their volunteer role.
4.2 Volunteers assisting MSA have a responsibility to:
(a) sign MSA's Volunteer Agreement;
(b) adhere to MSA policies and procedures;
(c) attend induction and training programs;
(d) self-monitor their hours of volunteering and make sure that they do not volunteer for
activities which would mean they spend more than 40 hours a week in work, study and
volunteering activities combined, as this could cause fatigue and lead to safety risks;
(e) work under the supervision and direction of an MSA employee;
(f) protect MSA's confidential and sensitive information;
(g) attend on time and perform their volunteer work in a reliable manner; and
(h) advise MSA if they will be late or are unable to attend.
5 Statement of MSA’s Responsibilities to Volunteers
(a) interview and engage volunteers in accordance with anti-discrimination and equal
(b)provide volunteers with orientation, training and supervision during their voluntary work;
(c) provide volunteers with a healthy and safe environment;
(d)develop clear role statements;
(e) apply relevant policies and procedures; and
(f) reimburse any expenses incurred with prior authority of MSA.
6 Volunteer Reward Program
MSA has developed a volunteer reward program to recognise the contribution of volunteers.
Rewards are given as honoraria. Rewards are a token payment made to express gratitude,
symbolise respect and confer distinction. Rewards are not a substitute for wages. Volunteers
may accept or decline rewards. Refer to the MSA Volunteering: Volunteer Reward Program for
Volunteers are required to advise their supervisor if they are being investigated for any crime or
have been charged with any criminal offence that is relevant to their voluntary work. Each time a
volunteer takes on a new volunteering role, the volunteer must disclose any medical conditions,
illness or injury that may affect their capacity to perform their voluntary work.
8 Concerns and Grievances
Volunteers have the right to express grievances, concerns or dissatisfaction. The MSA Complaints
Handling Procedure should be followed. If possible, volunteers should raise concerns with the
volunteer's supervisor. If volunteers feel uncomfortable doing so, they can arrange to speak with
the Volunteer Coordinator or a member of the MSA Executive.
(a) All grievances will be dealt with sensitively and as quickly as possible.
(b) Volunteers may have a support person present at any discussions.
(c) Confidentiality and privacy will be maintained at all times.
9 Improving Placements and Termination of Engagement
9.1 In some situations, MSA might consider that a particular volunteer placement is not
beneficial. In such cases, MSA will discuss its concerns with the volunteer. In order to
improve the placement, MSA may request that a volunteer undertake additional training or
may re-assign the volunteer to another area or volunteer position. In some limited cases, MSA
may decide to terminate the volunteer engagement.
9.2 MSA may terminate volunteers' engagements at its absolute discretion and/or if volunteers
fail to comply with the provisions of this Volunteer Policy, their volunteer agreement, any
relevant legislation and all other policies and procedures which apply to their engagement as a
10. Related Policies and Procedures
MSA Complaints Handling Procedure
MSA Volunteering: Volunteer Reward Program
11. Version History
Author: Jacqui Burchell
MSC Approval: 16/2014; 17/12/2016
Review Date: December 2016
Author: M & K Lawyers
HR Subcommittee Approval: 18/06/2012
MSC Approval: 3/2012; 22/06/2012
Review Date: June 2014
I have read and agree to the MSA Volunteer Policy in the link below
MSA Volunteer Agreement
Acknowledgement and Agreement
1. I understand and agree that I will be engaged as a volunteer and will not be paid for my services.
2. I understand and agree that I will work under the supervision and direction of an MSA manager or supervisor, and that I must obey all lawful directions given to me by my direct line manager or supervisor.
3. I understand and agree that I will not be covered by MSA's workers' compensation insurance.
4. I understand that I may be personally liable for deliberate or negligent damage caused while engaged as a volunteer.
5. I acknowledge that fatigue is a safety concern and that I should only attend volunteering activities well-rested. I will not take part in volunteer activities which would result in me spending more than an aggregate of 40 hours a week in work, study and volunteering activities.
MSA Volunteer Agreement Page | 2
6. I have read MSA's Volunteer Policy and agree to comply with it and any legislation and other MSA and Monash University policies and procedures which apply during my engagement as a volunteer.
7. I agree not to disclose any confidential or sensitive information to any person without authorisation from MSA.
8. I understand that MSA may terminate my engagement at its absolute discretion or if I fail to comply with the provisions of MSA's Volunteer Policy, this Volunteer Agreement, any relevant legislation or any MSA or Monash University policies and procedures which apply during my engagement as a volunteer.
9. As a matter of courtesy, to terminate this agreement, I will give 48 hours notice before any scheduled volunteer session.
MSA Volunteer Agreement. I agree that the information above is true and correct:
What happens next?
Please note that everyone is automatically accepted as an MSA Volunteer and there is no need to wait for an acceptance email :)
You will be sent emails when volunteer activities in your interest groups are available.
That's right, you won't get an email about everything, just the things that relate to your volunteer interests or what relates to our whole volunteer database.
Don't you worry, there is always an opt out option, so if you are not keen to read it feel free to opt out :)
Don't forget to follow us on facebook, where we post about major volunteer activities and volunteer news:
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Please note that everyone is automatically accepted as an MSA Volunteer and there is no need to wait for an acceptance email :)
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