Support Information for Landcare Staff

Employment Issues and Disputes

One option to try to resolve a Landcare coordinator/facilitator's employment-related issues/dispute, is for the coordinator/facilitator to contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) to try to arrange a mediation to address their issues of concern. The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria is a branch of the Dept. of Justice (Vic. Govt.). 

A coordinator/facilitator who takes this approach will first need to contact the DSCV, who will explain the mediation process and the benefits of participation. The DSCV staff will then contact the other party, who will also need to agree to a mediation before it can proceed, as participation is voluntary. The DSCV staff will also explain to the other party the process of mediation and the benefits of participation. 

Note - the DSCV's mediation service is provided without cost to community organisations and individuals.   

If a mediation is held, it will, hopefully, result in an agreement between both parties (note - not all mediations result in an agreement). Any agreement that is reached can be made as detailed as required, and can be either written or verbal. The agreement could includes the steps to be taken (including when, who, where, what, how etc) that are required to resolve the issues. 

Power imbalances can be taken into account at the mediation session, such as the number of people who attend (from both parties). Support people can also attend the mediation, if required, and with the agreement of both parties.

See links below on DSCV mediations:   
http://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/mediation 
http://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/dispute-advice 
http://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/frequently-asked-questions 
http://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/frequently-asked-questions#mediation 

Landcare Employment Checklist

A "Landcare Employment Checklist", has been jointly developed by the Farm Tree and Landcare Association and the Victorian Landcare Council to assist Landcare staff and Landcare groups and networks (who engage staff) with their staff management issues. This checklist is available here and is a good resources to pass on to coordinators/facilitators, as well as groups/networks.

DELWP has also produced a Useful Links on the Employment of Landcare Support Staff (2015) fact sheet, which provides links to current online information on a range of employment-related matters relevant to both Landcare organisations and their support staff. A copy of this fact sheet,is available here

Upcoming Events

Forum for Landcare Professionals

This forum reinforces the commitment of the newly established peak Victorian Landcare organisation, Landcare Victoria Inc., to professional development in the landcare community, and builds on the legacies of both the founding partners, the Victorian Landcare Council and Farm Tree and Landcare Association.
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VLC Mallee Landcare Forum
Planning is well underway for the next VLC forum in the Mallee 24-26 March. The local landcare community have banded together to plan a jam packed two day event which will not only show case their activities over the last nearly 30 years but also features a trip to the iconic Trust for Nature property, Ned’s Corner.
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Notice of VLC Special General Meeting
Notice is given that a Special General meeting of the delegates of the Victorian Landcare Council will be held on 16th February 2017 11am at Marland House
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VLC participation in Take 2 Climate Change pledge
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Feedback survey for the new Landcare Gateway
The VLC has put together a VERY SIMPLE one page survey on our website to make it easy for you and other members of your landcare community to have your say about the new Landcare Gateway.
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VLC Briefing Note # 29
Over the last year, the VLC has been a co-investor in an unusual collaboration between NRM practitioners, agencies and academics - Systemic Co-Inquiry into NRM Governance. VLC members have been important participants, and VLC funding has supported community landcare members with costs associated with their participation.
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