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Changes to affiliate membership 2016/17
Starting in this financial year, we’re placing our trust in you, as a leader in the outdoor community, to work out how you can contribute most effectively.
Membership in Outdoors Victoria is now open to all organisations active in the outdoors, by invitation, with no minimum financial contribution.
How can you contribute?
- Expertise to our working groups
- Resources to be shared through our networks
- Presentations and participation at OV events
- Engagement in our advocacy efforts
- Feedback on our policy priorities and efforts
Why become an affiliate member?
Membership of Outdoors Victoria helps grow and preserve the Victorian outdoors sector.
Outdoors Victoria seeks to foster the provision of safe, high quality outdoor adventure experiences and activities in Victoria by facilitating a professional network and providing advocacy and services to its members and the outdoors community. Outdoors Victoria welcomes membership applications from organisations and actively involved in the outdoors sector, or with an interest in/affiliation with the outdoors.
What do you get as a member?
We provide a broad range of support for the outdoor community, including:
- Policy research, development and advocacy;
- Online and face-to-face outdoor community events and forums;
- Communications about issues and events of interest to the outdoor community;
- Research, tools and resources to enhance the capacity of outdoor organisations.
A unified voice for the outdoors.
Outdoors Victoria is the leading voice for the outdoor community in Victoria, which includes outdoor and nature-based recreation, tourism, education and therapy organisations, as well as the millions of participants in outdoor experiences every year.
We get results
Since establishment in 2013, Outdoors Victoria has worked closely with community and political leaders to deliver real benefits for the outdoor community.In 2014, we were successful in our year-long campaign to restore funding for vocational training in outdoor recreation. As a result of our advocacy, funding was substantially increased, leading to a more sustainable and better trained workforce.Also in 2014, we released Victoria’s first-ever Outdoor Policy Agenda, which was launched at Parliament House by representatives of the Government and Opposition. The agenda focused on the following priorities:
- Help kids get outdoors, by creating better opportunities in our schools and community groups to learn and play in nature;
- Invest in the regional outdoor economy, by increasing resources for outdoor infrastructure, events, and ecosystem health; and
- Unlock the potential of the outdoor community, by focusing on skills development, smarter regulation and strategic research.During the 2014 election, both major parties made significant announcements of investments in outdoor activities and infrastructure.And we’re only getting started. This year, OV has successfully obtained funding to assess the economic contribution of outdoor activities to Victoria, and to update our adventure activity standards, among other projects.
Member code of ethics
Upon becoming a member of Outdoors Victoria, organisations and associations agree to adhere to the following code of ethics:
- Protect the natural environment by adopting a minimal impact approach to activities in all operations
- Instil appreciation and environmental awareness in participants by interpreting natural surrounding
- Ensure the safety of participants, staff and the general public during activities by developing and implementing risk minimisation strategies and standardised operational procedures
- Obey all legal requirements and adopt, as a minimum, accepted industry practices
- Assist all participants to realise their full potential and acquire knowledge through quality teaching practices
- Act honestly, fairly and properly in dealings with participants, other members and the general public
- Protect staff and participants’ rights to privacy and confidentiality o Refrain from spreading false or misleading information, whether written, spoken or implied
- Abstain from knowingly using or being party to improper or illegal methods and practices in organisational and operational activities
- Treat all people with respect and fairness without any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, age, disability or culture
- Refrain from intentionally compromising the professional reputation of any OV member
- Ensure staff continues to acquire and maintain professional skills and knowledge, thereby improving personal competence, as well as the knowledge base of our association
- Encourage and assist others to develop appropriate attitudes, skills and knowledge relating to outdoor recreation activities