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Dear Subscriber

Well we find ourselves back in lockdown throughout Victoria and once again the same industries and types of jobs generally suffer the most. We know that many of you are really struggling. If you are please reach out to your nearest and dearest....or anyone who can listen to you, including us. Most of us are just plain weary but in times like this helping others, even through just listening, can give us all a sense of purpose. Take care of yourselves and we'll see you in the outdoors once again soon.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Please take a few moments to read our news for July, 2021. We promise to give you some good news!
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OCA Summit Update 

The Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA) summit held in May 2021 involved a preparation survey inviting attendees to voice their priorities in relation to change for the industry. This was then ratified at the summit and 5 groups were formed to continue discussion.
These included:
  • Pay conditions and retention of staff
  • Training and career pathways
  • Industry frameworks
  • Access & inclusion &
  • Promotion of the industry
Three priorities were quickly identified as manageable areas to start work on, with matters of ‘access all abilities’, ‘inclusion’ and ‘promotion of the industry’ considerations for each of the working groups. 

The groups have been formed under these titles: 
  • 'Attraction and Retention of Outdoor Workers'
  • 'Outdoor Qualifications and Training Pathways'
  • 'Industry Accreditation and Frameworks'
The three groups have commenced their meetings to establish guidelines for working together. Over time, gaps in skills and experience will be identified for different projects and we’ll be reaching out for interested people in our community, as well as external experts, to fill these gaps. 
We will continue to keep you updated on developments and initiatives that emerge. I am the facilitator (ie.Secretary, Chair and Deputy Chair roles will be appointed next) of the ‘Outdoor Qualifications and Pathways’ working group, so reach to me if you have any queries:

A wonderful bit of video artwork from Lori Modde (Outdoors NSW/ ACT) literally paints you a picture and tells the story well of what we are all trying to accomplish: check it out!

Andrew Knight, OV CEO

Come & Work For OV!

OV is seeking new staff members to fill three full-time, six-month roles. We require you to commence by the 18th Aug.
If you are interested in any of these roles, you can now view the PD's  (links below) or you can view them directly through the SIDEKICKER jobs portal.  Applicants for all positions must apply through the site, however if you are interested in the third role, contact Andrew Knight first:

A little bit about Sidekicker Jobs Portal: 
This is a different kind of job recruiting portal. Once jobs are listed, it's a little like an EBAY experience. Job seekers do not upload resumes or write cover letters. You can follow the links and view the positions, but to apply you need to set up a job seeker profile. This is a very swift process so jump on now if you are interested and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or just want to make an introduction. Contact Robyn: or Andrew:

The positions are:
  • Social Media and Communications Coordinator: set up, strategy, implementation and some in-house training in social media for OV staff. Position Description  | Apply on Sidekicker
  • Office & Events Administrator: Assisting in reviewing and updating of office systems & policies, coordinating several small in-person and digital events. Position Description | Apply on Sidekicker
  • Outdoor Careers Strategy Coordinator: We ideally want an outdoor educator with strong research and relationship building skills. You will be providing a report of strategic recommendations to OV and the outdoor sectors on ways to address the staff shortages in the outdoor careers in Victoria. Position Description (This one has not been posted to Sidekicker yet. Please contact us if you are interested)
These 3 positions are available for individuals who have lost a job as a consequence of the pandemic, or for those that have had hours reduced by at least 50%, these conditions also apply to those running their own small business. 
  • We're also looking for paid Nature Stewards program facilitators- see below for more detail
Nature Stewards has completed another couple of successful Autumn programs and now applications are open for the next Spring program being held in Geelong. You might be interested in attending one of these inspiring programs or you might be interested in becoming one of our new facilitators.....

New Paid Facilitators Needed at Nature Stewards

View Position Description

Nature Stewards are on the hunt for more facilitators to deliver the Nature Stewards program! We are looking for fabulous educators with an environmental background, keen to support adults connect with nature, build their environmental literacy and local participation. For more information and to apply, please send through your Curriculum Vitae, cover letter, and short response to the 'key skills and attributes'  to Maddy :
OV's next online morning tea is scheduled for next Tuesday Jul 27, 2021 10:30 AM.  REGISTER HERE
This month we have special guest, Simon Murray from the Mountain Safety Collective advisory service.
So if you want to know more about what they do in the Alpine regions - join us :)
This is a chance to get together with others from the outdoors.
We'll share with you what we know and what we are doing - and you can share your concerns, suggestions and solutions.

Some of the topics for this session might include:
  • Mountain Safety collective news
  • OCA working group updates
  • Outdoor Education Award Nomination process
  • New positions available at OV
  • Latest lockdowns in VIC

Free Daily Mountain Conditions Reports: 

A valuable new service enabling better decisions in the Alpine National Park during the snow season!

Please save this image on your phone and pass to all your friends, family and colleagues.

Welcome to our three newest Board members

How excited we are to announce our newest members of the team. We were overwhelmed by the quality of applicants and believe we landed on the right mix of people and skills for the Board, moving forward. Thank you to all those people who applied. We are immensely  grateful for your interest! Read their full bios here
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Welcome back to an old OV staff member, Josh Ambrosy! Josh brought a lot of energy to his role as our Outdoor Education Officer. These days you can find him over at Federation University, Ballarat, working as an outdoor educator, at a desk working on his PhD or helping out OV staff in the background with a myriad of queries. Despite all of that he still put his hand up to join the Board! 
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Welcome Alison Bristow! Reading Alison's bio indicates that she too is someone with lots of energy...and heaps of experience. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sabrands and the Director of Blacklight Distribution, a family business which is the importer and distributor of outdoor brands Nitro Snowboards and Mammut across Australia and New Zealand.
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This happy fellow is Bernie Millls. Bernie has worked in the Outdoor Education sector for almost 20 years. He is currently the Director of Experiential Education at Firbank Grammar School as well as an active member of Alpine Search and Rescue and Bush Search and Rescue. We are very happy to have you on board Bernie, welcome!

Severe weather Guidance Note Updated

The guidance Note for the Outdoor Industry in planning for Bushfire and Severe Weather were reviewed and updated in May 2021. You can find this updated resource on the OCA website

This document is to be used by the industry in planning for severe weather and built into the activity’s risk management plan. It is not intended as a resource for the industry to be used whilst facing severe weather issues during activity.


Date: 11th-17th October 2021
Join Tania and her vast array of national and International speakers (including Richard Louv, US author of 'Last Child in the Woods' and many more hugely popular books) for Nurture in Nature's inaugural online Campference, to gather, play, learn and connect around the theme of Where Nature Meets Story.

Who should come?

  • educators (primarily from early years and primary/elementary school settings)
  • parents
  • nature connection facilitators
  • outdoor activity providers
  • children's camp staff
  • nature loving librarians
  • and other wonderful people who care deeply for children and nature
Campference speakers come from all corners of the globe bringing diverse voices, abilities, genders and cultural backgrounds to these important conversations. They have all excitedly jumped in with us around the virtual campfire to share their knowledge, their methodologies, their experiences and their stories.

Sponsorship opportunities available for Campference

Partner with us so we can share the story behind your brand, why it exists, the impact you have in the world and why it matters. Find out more about sponsorship here
A reminder to all outdoor providers, as well maintaining your COVIDSafe Plans at all times, make sure you're up-to-date and familiar with the current AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE ACTIVITY STANDARD & Associated Good Practice Guides

Outdoor Education Awards 2021

Victoria’s Outdoor Education Awards are now open for nominations. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Robyn: or Andrew:
OV winners will progress through to the National Outdoor Education Awards which will be presented in September 2021
The OEA Awards enable the outdoor community to recognise the work of educators and organisations.
These awards are also made possible due to the generous support of Wilderness Equipment and Macpac

OV Affiliate Membership

What better time to become an OV Affiliate Member!
You, your organisation, or school could be the recipient of an OEA award
JOIN UP NOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $125 +gst for 12 months
Thank you to our renewing members we are very GRATEFUL for your ongoing support!!
Eltham High School 
Brighton Grammar &
Melbourne Parkour

In other News

cos we need a field of sunflowers right now in VIC
Works have now commenced on Forrest’s signature ‘Red Carpet Trail’, part of the Mountain Bike revitalisation project. Subject to weather, they are expecting that the trail will be closed until the end of August.
Updates about the project are also now available for the community on the council website
Plans for The National Outdoor Education Conference 2021 are still pressing on for an in-person event. (Fingers crossed NSW will be open again by then)  
When: 28 Sept– 01 Oct
Where: Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, NSW

The full program including all abstracts is now available
Sadly the Melbourne Careers Expo which we were looking forward to checking out this weekend, has been postponed until next July 2022. We plan to represent the outdoor activity communities at events such as this in 2022. Let's hope we can all get together then. 
We are always happy to add your stories to this newsletter. Please send by 11th August, 2021 to be included

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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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.
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