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Dear Subscriber

Please enjoy your Outdoors Victoria News, February 2019
Junior Rangers Program in Plenty Gorge Park : Parks Victoria
Welcome to OV's first of many newsletter's for 2019!

Some of our upcoming projects are covered below in detail, but I'd like to draw your attention again to two major projects that will be completed this year.
  • The Australian Adventure Activity Standards, which has now been pre-released with the Standard, Core Good Practice Guide and 13 Activities. All 18 activities will be completed and handed over to the Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA), late September.
  • Two successful AAAS Q & A webinars have just been conducted. You can view an overview of questions in each webinar and links to the videos here (see top blog post)  
The AAAS is a voluntary set of guidelines for organisations that lead dependent groups in outdoor activities and is for the first time is national and not State based.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to get these important pieces of work over the line. 
Yours in the Outdoors
OV CEO, Andrew Knight

Education Outdoors Conference 2019

Register Now for Early bird Tics
This year's event is shaping up to be really special in many joyful ways. We are learning lots and making life-long connections as planning gets well underway. 

Quick links
  • Early Bird Tickets - available until the 5pm April 5
  • Regular price tics- available April 6- 4.30pm May 24
  • There will be NO 'Just in time tics' this year but please do purchase all tics by 4.30pm on May 24

We have moved over to a new ticketing system called HUMANITIX. Based in Australia they are great to work with & donate their profits on ticket fees to our nominated charity.

The profits on your ticket fees in 2019 will go towards Indigenous scholarships:

The Yalari Foundation 
  • Indigenous students face many unique challenges that have made education gaps difficult to close. Those in regional, rural and remote communities in particular have to contend with geographic barriers, with only 24% of Indigenous students having access to a school that offers study to Year 12. This project provides scholarships to close the gap for indigenous students.

  • Exhibitor package tickets (with info attached) are included in the ticket list, so if you wish to be an exhibitor please register your attendees as usual.

  • Student prices are better value than ever, so please come along! You will need your student number on checkout and the 2019 code: ST#765 to receive 60% discount on most tickets! *exception is dinner & exhibitor tics

  • Affiliate members & their staff also have a discount code: AFF709

  • Other codes will be sent to key supporters, presenters, staff and volunteers in the coming days.

  • The conference APP will be published in the coming weeks-  links will be updated on the website, FB and the March newsletter.
We are very excited to announce that Jolleen Hicks is coming down from the Pilbara to also deliver a keynote speech to conference attendees on Friday.

Jolleen is a proud Ngarluma- Aboriginal woman who is committed to empowering Aboriginal peoples' ; Aboriginal communities; Aboriginal organisations; and Aboriginal businesses to achieve self- determination. 
Jolleen's organisation, Aboriginal Insights,  also offers online cultural awareness training for ALL Australians, with a specific focus on Aboriginal Engagement.

Nature Stewards has been launched!

Over the last few weeks the Nature Stewards team, including the advisory group, pilot councils, facilitators, writers, guest class and field presenters, all converged on Walmsley house in Royal Park to meet, chat, and prepare for the programs to launch at the end of February and mid-March. It was a great day to celebrate the tremendous efforts by the team to date and get excited for the next phase of the program.

Applications for both programs are now closed, and our Melbourne program was oversubscribed by over 300%.

Melbourne program applicant offers have been made, with Melton being offered in a few weeks time. Final preparations are well underway with everyone very excited for the programs to begin.

Read more information on the program 

Nature Stewards is proudly funded by DELWP, with key support from the City of Melbourne and City of Melton.

AABAT have released their 'survey of the field' and the response so far has been terrific! The survey is for anyone with an interest in bush adventure therapy or nature based interventions in Australia.

The survey is designed to map the breadth and diversity of BAT services in Australia and build a public directory of services and programs, providing a snapshot of the field in the past 10 years in Australia, since the last survey was undertaken.
They are looking for a wide range of community participation regardless of level of expertise or experience.

Complete the survey by March 1 and you might have the chance to win a scholarship to attend the AABAT National Forum in August 2019!
Registration & more details coming soon
International Womens's Day, 2019
March 8 - #BalanceforBetter 

Join the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation for their event at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins: 

Change Our Game International Women's Day Lunch

"Let's build a gender-balanced sport and recreation sector.

One way to achieve better balance for women and girls in sport and active recreation is to drive positive change around how women's sport is covered, and how achievements are showcased throughout mainstream media."

UPLOADS Control Group Interest Register

Do you already have an established incident reporting system, but still want to contribute to the UPLOADS Research Project?

The UPLOADS project are inviting organisations who do NOT use the UPLOADS reporting system to contribute information that will allow the research team to evaluate the safety benefits of using the UPLOADS App.

Help Shape the Future of Victoria's Alpine Resorts

The Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council have invited Outdoors Victoria, and the outdoor organisations we represent, to contribute to the development of a new Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan through a series of place-based workshops over March/April, 2019. This is our sector's opportunity to have a say on the future direction of Victoria's alpine resorts.

Members of the wider public who would like to provide input can also have their say online here
Dr Amanda Lloyd in NZ
OV would like to send a warm welcome to Dr Amanda Lloyd, the new Executive Officer at Outdoors NSW.
Amanda is a passionate educator with extensive experience teaching and adventuring outdoors. She has 19 years experience as a teacher, outdoor practitioner, professional development facilitator and outdoor education consultant. Amanda has always spent her free time: on a bike, in a surf-boat, swimming in the ocean, overnight hiking, and generally enjoying the outdoors. This led her into a field that developed her life outdoor experiences into educational opportunities for others. Amanda completed a PhD focused on the advantages of outdoor learning for Primary School students. She is a spokesperson for Planet Ark, an international presenter and writes for a wide variety of publications. Amanda is always eagerly awaiting her next overnight hike, she is gradually section hiking the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand and is always looking for the next adventure! 
OV Affiliate Membership
Thank you for membership renewals: 
JR_Point Cook Marine Park- Parks Victoria

In other news

Your chance to participate in the Child Safety Standards Review closes on 22 February 2019. There are two ways you can get involved in the community consultation process. These are:
  • Complete the Online survey or Provide a submission- either upload your submission directly under the formal submissions section on the page linked or you can send by email to

Poor campfire knowledge fans fire fears:

Only one-in-four Victorians know how to safely extinguish a campfire! 
ENTER the LANDCARE AUSTRALIA Raffle and be in the running to win some incredible prizes whilst helping to support a range of projects that not only enhance the natural environment, but also help create habitats for Aussie species, build social cohesion, and support communities across Australia tackle local environmental issues. 

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

Applications for 2019 are now open and will close on 28 June 2019 (end of term 2).

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions

Send us your news items for the next newsletter

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 Robyn 
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