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Frequently asked questions

LATEST NEWS: In light of Victoria’s new lockdown measures and our commitment to keep staff and volunteers safe, FareShare has suspended all Melbourne kitchen and packing shifts from Wednesday, 18 August 2021 until further notice. Garden, driving and warehouse shifts will continue with authorised worker permits. Please monitor your email for further news from FareShare. We thank you all for your support and understanding at this difficult time.

FareShare’s COVID-safe protocols are in place and reflect changing government restrictions and recommendations. Volunteers will be advised of and agree to comply with our COVID-safe protocols.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID (including fever, chills or sweats, coughs, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell or taste) or you have visited an exposure site – you must get tested.

Please email your test result to FareShare Melbourne or Brisbane as soon as you receive your result.

No. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend your shift even if you do not have COVID-19. Please refer to the latest public advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Social Services or the Queensland Health Department and your GP if you think you may have contracted the virus or have been in contact with someone who has.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must advise us immediately. Please refer to the latest public advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Social Services or the Queensland Health Department and your GP.

Please tell your supervisor. We cannot reiterate how important it is at this time to stay away from FareShare if you are unwell, seek medical advice and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19. You must provide your negative test result to FareShare before returning to FareShare.

No. Please let FareShare know immediately if you have had ‘close contact’ with a confirmed case, consult your GP and get tested. There are also dedicated hotlines on (Vic) 1800 675 398 or (Qld) 13 43 25 84 for advice. You must provide evidence of your negative test result prior to returning to FareShare.

While FareShare supports vaccination, it is not a requirement to volunteer at FareShare.

Yes, you can still register your interest in volunteering but please understand it may be some while before we are able to schedule you onto a shift. You can register for Melbourne here and Brisbane here.

You can read our new policy on PPE requirements for our kitchens here

There may also be a requirement to wear masks depending on current Government restrictions and FareShare’s COVIDsafe protocols.

If you are unable to attend your shift, for any reason, we would appreciate you notifying us. We shall ask you, if appropriate, to do a make-up shift. Please select your shift change form below:

Melbourne Shift Change Form
Brisbane Shift Change Form

In normal circumstances, if you are going to be absent for 8 weeks or more we ask you take a break from your roster and then get in touch on your return. Your absence might be due to an illness or injury, study or work commitments, or an extended holiday.

We need full crews attending each shift to ensure we  meet our production targets of meals for those in need. We will fill your spot with one of the many people on our waiting list.

When you are ready to return, please contact the Melbourne or Brisbane office to let us know that you wish to resume your regular shift. We will fit you into a shift as soon as we have a vacancy that suits you.

Yes, subject to availability. Please contact the Melbourne or Brisbane office to arrange this. 

Volunteer shift change form

For volunteers if you are unable to make your regular shift, and, if possible, advise of a suitable date and time for a make-up shift.

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