Landcare Group Resources
Check out the range of resources and downloadable templates below to help you run an effective landcare group.
Landcare groups are practicing good governance when guidelines are followed for all procedures. This includes keeping good records, running meetings according to fair meeting principles, and ensuring safety and risk requirements are met.
Check out all things governance with the WGCMA Landcare Governance Handbook. The link also includes a variety of downloadable and editable templates for running meetings and writing reports.
A good way to assess the governance of your group is to use the Goverance Health Checklist
Code of Conduct: a solid Code of Conduct sets a strong basis for good governance. Any Landcare Victoria Inc. (LVI) Member Group needs to have a documented code of conduct which covers child safety, bullying, sexual harassment and respect. This is a condition of membership and insurance coverage. Adoption of the LVI Code of Conduct or a similar code covering these issues will satisfy this requirement.
LVI updated their Code of Conduct in 2020 based on member and stakeholder feedback. This Code can be used as a base for member groups to develop and/or review their own codes.
Committee roles: If your group is going to work effectively and achieve what you want to do, you need a good committee to help make it happen. Members and office bearers need to understand what each committee position entails; this Landcare Note will help define the roles and responsibilities.
Insurance: Every Landcare group needs insurance. It’s a fact of life that despite the best intentions of everyone involved, sometimes things happen that have unwanted consequences. Insurance for local groups can be obtained through Landcare Victoria Inc (LVI), however obtaining insurance through other organisations is also possible. To help with this decision making check out the LVI Insurance Note.
Incorporation: Considering incorporating? Refer to pages 23 & 24 of the WGCMA Governance Handbook (link at top of page). See also this LVI guidance note.
Running Covid-safe events and gatherings is an important consideration for all landcare groups. SGLN have developed a ‘Covid Considerations’ guide to assist groups planning and running events which can be provided on request. The risk assessment form below includes Covid as a risk to be considered.
Activity/ Event Planning
Your SGLN Facilitators are here to help you organise and run events and activities. To help you on your way here’s a range on downloadable and editable forms and checklists.
- Planning an Event checklist – see Activity Planning Form template.
- Planning a Field Day checklist – see Field Day checklist template.
- Event Registration – See Participation Registration & Consent Form template.
- Safety Risk Assessment – see Risk Assessment Form template.
Check out the range of project management and delivery notes.
Project site Planning & Management
WH&S and Risk Management
Use the following tools to assist in understanding risk management, maintaining a safe work environment and reporting an incident.
Landcare Victoria Inc. Volunteer Management Manual (external link)
Landholder Note Series (external link)
Please contact us if you need help accessing these resources or would prefer them emailed. If you’d like us to add additional resources here please let us know.