Online chat next Tuesday: Emergency management & preparedness and Insurance Information
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Please enjoy Victoria's Outdoor Sectors News, November 2021
The Anglesea Beach lies next to the mouth of the Anglesea River and fronts the town of Anglesea situated along the scenic Great Ocean Road. The beach is 400 m long and curves in a south to south-east facing arc between the usually closed river mouth and the eroding rocks and cliffs in front of the bluff-top Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club. The name derives from Anglesey, an island in North Wales and it was originally known as Swampy Creek.
What a month of change we’ve experienced in Victoria. It was with a HUGE sigh of relief that we announced earlier this month that camps, excursions, and incursions could resume for all Victorian schools in term four. 
Once again the OV team has been working hard to deliver more quality resources and events to reach a wider audience. We have a very important online chat next Tuesday which will be focussed on new Fire Danger Rating systems, Insurance for outdoor providers, and the importance of the Australian Adventure Activity Standard and Associated good practice guides. Please don’t miss this one. We are also very excited to announce that we are once again planning our annual conference in May! We sincerely hope we'll be able to welcome even more of you in person in 2022, so please save the date!
Andrew Knight. CEO

Outdoors Victoria News

ONLINE CHAT: Emergency management & preparedness and important Insurance information.

When: next Tuesday, November 23rd. 10:30 am.

Andrew will be chatting with Reegan Key, Senior Manager at Emergency Management Victoria, who will be will be presenting to us new and very exciting developments about the new Fire Danger Rating system.

Paul Davenport and Greg Shallard from Affinity Insurance Brokers will also be joining us to provide very important insurance information around risk, industry trends, sustainability the importance of the Australian Adventure Activity guidelines for anyone working in the outdoor activity space.
Outdoors Victoria Conference 2022!

The Conference will be held at the Lilydale Lakeside Conference Centre, Box Hill Institute (*subject to restrictions at the time- but we will do the best we can ) 

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2022

In 2022, the Outdoors Victoria Conference is expanding to include even more people working in the outdoors sectors. There will be professional learning opportunities for teachers, educators, students,  outdoor activity & camp providers and businesses, bush adventure therapists, and community groups.

Early Bird Registrations and Expressions of Interest to present and Sponsor packs coming soon! MORE INFO.
Help advance careers in the outdoors for future generations of students!

Outdoors Victoria is currently working on a project to showcase the range of careers within the outdoor field to high school students and careers counsellors. To ensure the success of this project our remotest staff member, Luke Parker, who is researching and promoting outdoor learning in the US, is seeking people with experience in different outdoor sectors to assist by filling in a short 6-minute survey. SURVEY LINK

Answering the survey questions, which relate to your career journey, will help us highlight different career pathways to students. We are also conducting a range of short zoom interviews in addition to the survey if that may be of interest to you (but not required).

2nd Outdoor Series: Inclusion and Diversity in the Outdoors, 2nd of December 10:30 am.

Our next digital series will cover diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. We will be speaking to guest presenters and will learn why it's so important to value inclusivity to connect with the wider community, how organisations and camps can become more inclusive and capable of hosting activities to a wider audience, and how underrepresented segments of the community can be fully represented in the future.

To register, please click HERE.
1st Digital Series Mental Health in the Outdoors VIDEO

Thanks for joining us last 28th of October for our first digital series, Mental Health in the Outdoors and a special thanks to our wonderful guest speakers Anne Houghton, Adriana Pinder and Richelle Olsen.

We made the event video available through this LINK in case you missed it or want to watch it again.

We hope to see everyone in our 2nd Outdoor Series Event on Thursday the 2nd of December at 10:30 am
Careers in the Outdoors Project

Work is underway on Outdoors Victoria’s ‘Careers in the Outdoors Project’.  This project aims to identify solutions to some of the industry's current workforce issues, build a stronger, more resilient industry, and raise the profile and highlight the benefits of a career in the outdoors to school students and job seekers.

Andrew Gooday, OV’s Outdoor Careers Strategy Coordinator, is currently working on stage one of the project.  This includes research into the issues being faced by training providers, employers and employees. Andrew will be reaching out to as many in the outdoor industry as possible, seeking to investigate and understand current challenges and opportunities.

If you are keen to be involved and/or have particular issues you would like OV to include, please get in touch with Andrew Gooday on 0413 309 860 or at 
Member renewals for the last 2 months

Join the OV family by becoming an OV affiliate member HERE!

Thank you to our renewing Affiliate Member organisations for the past 2 months:
Welcome to one of our newest members Up the Creek

Up the Creek is a social enterprise offering canoe journeys and school camps. We focus on contributing to a healthy vibrant future by connecting people with self-other and nature, providing a gateway for individuals and organisations to collaborate with nature in a safe and transformative way.

Are you passionate about water sports & helping people to enjoy the outdoors? 
Would you like to combine exercise with your career by building up & stamping your mark on an existing outdoor recreation business and taking it towards its full potential?  It’s time for someone younger than I am to own and operate SUP-FIT, a very successful Stand Up Paddleboarding business on the Mornington Peninsula.

If this tweaks your interest, read on HERE

*SUP-Fit is an Outdoors Victoria member

Grants & Opportunities

Disaster Assist. 

People in Local Government Areas which have been declared natural disasters can then apply for disaster recovery payments. LINK

Outdoors News & Events

Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre currently has vacancies advertised for positions beginning in 2022.  

For further information in relation to these positions, please contact 
Assistant Principal:
Steve McMurtrie 0439 732-284


The following advertised positions can be found on Recruitment Online

Facilities Manager – Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre
Job ID – 1250989

Learning Specialist 3
Job ID – 1251166

Outdoor Education Teacher – Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre
Job ID – 1251003

Teacher – Outdoor Education Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre
Job ID - 1250997


Outdoor Health National Symposium - presented by the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT)

With over 30 presentations from Outdoor Health practitioners, researchers and therapists from all over the world, and facilitated by MC Costa Georgiadis, this event was 2 days filled with robust discussions, deep connections, and a sense of community and fulfilment. More info: HERE

Parkrun Australia cancels Victoria events indefinitely due to Covid vaccine mandates

Organiser says requiring volunteers to confirm the immunisation status of all participants would ‘fundamentally break’ its operating model.  FULL NEWS

When you are outdoors, watch out for ticks.

Ticks are the main culprit of Lyme Disease, which is a complex infection caused by multiple pathogens. Early detection and treatment are essential to avoid progression to chronic, multi-system and harder-to-treat problems. Please seek urgent medical assistance if any new health symptoms arise around the time of a tick or insect bite or after being in nature. Early symptoms include fatigue, flu-like symptoms (e.g., joint pain, muscle aches, and fever) as well as seizures, swollen lymph glands, paralysis, nerve pain, cognitive and memory dysfunction, “brain fog,” and psychiatric symptoms.

The good news is that not all ticks carry health-threatening diseases like Lyme, and with a little effort, you might even avoid tick bites altogether. Have look at these 
Tips for preventing tick bites

For more information, get support, or help the Lyme community, please visit the Lyme Disease Association of Australia.

Survival Quiz for Snake Bites

Given summer is almost upon us, might be worth taking this Survival Quiz from the @royalflyingdoc. Every year, there are around 3,000 reported snakebites in Australia.

Did you know that baby snakes carry enough venom to kill 2 humans, but they have small fangs that make it harder for them to get an effective strike? The Tiger snake venom is slightly more toxic than the Brown snake venom. 🐍

Would you survive a snakebite? Take the quiz HERE

Bookings open for VICSWIM 2022

VICSWIM seeks to ensure that all Victorians have the opportunity to access water safety, survival and swimming programs for children, that maximise safety and attitudes ensuring confidence and the ability to enjoy aquatic environments.

The program is a low cost, 5 day intensive summer program teaching swimming and water safety to children from 4 years of age. For more information please visit VICSWIM Website.

Rapid Antigen test kits for your business

Safeguard your business by purchasing some Rapid Antigen test kits for your staff and clients. Before you purchase check out the TGA site to see the list of approved tests, their ease of use and their clinical sensitivities.

Here's one site where you can buy in bulk for your business. LINK

OES teacher / school resources & opportunities

OV outdoor learning toolkits

Outdoors Victoria as the lead organisation in partnership with ACHPER Victoria Environment Education Victoria -EEV Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria and Parks Victoria have created a series of Teacher Toolkit resources to encourage teachers to take classes outside the classroom and to be used across a variety of curriculum focus areas.

Outdoor learning engages students in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings, and this typically takes place beyond the school classroom. In these environments, students develop the skills and understandings to move safely and competently while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting the sustainable use of these environments.

In this VIDEO, the project manager of the toolkits, OV’s Luke Parker, explains these Toolkits and shows their practical applications.


Learn more about the Learning in the Outdoors Toolkits HERE

Outdoors Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Lifeline: 131114
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
Headspace: 1800 650 890
Kids helpline: 1800 55 1800
Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Victorian Small Businesses
We are always happy to add your stories to this newsletter. Please send by 10 December, 2021 to be included in the next edition.

We are looking for interesting articles, resources, event dates, funding opportunities and images from our members for the next edition. If you have something to share, contact:
Andrea Vela 
or Robyn Allan 
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