Develop Memorandum of Understandings between Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service & Partnerhsips (QPWS&P) and volunteer organisations

Published: August 2019
Last edited: August 2019

Volunteer agreements (Memorandum of Understanding) exist between each association (LNHA and GMNHA) and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships (QPWS&P). The agreements sets out the roles and responsibilities of both parties. Although they are not legally binding, it establishes the commitment of the department and volunteers that has contributed to the longevity and growth of the relationship.

Classifications

Category
Alliance and partnership development
Legal and policy frameworks, policy advocacy
Scale of implementation
Subnational
Phase of solution
Entirety

Enabling factors

It is important that the Volunteer Agreements are clear and supported, and capture the requirements and aspirations of both parties while being mutually beneficial. It must cover all the important parts of the negotiated agreement and be in line with legislation and government policies. It sets out the duties and responsibilities of all involved, including financial arrangements.

Lessons learned

A successful volunteer agreement needs flexibility built into it so that it can be informally adapted over time as required. Communication also needs to be open and transparent while developing the agreement.