New Group Kit - Joining the FTLA

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These resources provide the basic information you need to join the FTLA. All groups with a landcare or sustainable land management focus should fit within the FTLA Purpose and therefore be eligible for membership (see the FTLA Rules)

The FTLA exists to serve the Member Groups and supports Member Groups where issues arise that are common across the membership, most notably the FTLA insurance package which is provided as a membership benefit

Resources

FTLA Information 16_17.pdf - Download (130 KB)

General information regarding the FTLA

FTLA Registration Form 2016_17 (12 months) - Download (128 KB)

This is the FTLA form to join the FTLA for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. If you need a different period or you are already a member group, please email the office at ftla@vff.org.au

FTLA Insurance Summary 2016-17_FINAL - Download (155 KB)

The FTLA insurance package includes Public Liability insurance, Volunteer Workers (Personal Accident) insurance and Management Liability (Office Bearers / Professional Indemnity) insurance. The Insurance summary outlines the basic conditions and coverage. Full policy documents are available on request.

Member List Template - Download (46 KB)

Prospective Member Groups must supply a member list with their application. Please feel free to use your own format but please make sure it has names, addresses and join dates (for members who joined after 2012) as these are the requirements under the incorporation Act. For members who have groups or organisations as members please see the Network Structures and Insurance advice.

Network Structures and Insurance - Download (42 KB)

Getting the right insurance in place for networks can be complex. The "Network Structures and Insurance" document provides some advice to when you need separate insurance and what you need to do to ensure coverage by the FTLA.

FTLA Rules - Download (190 KB)

These are the current FTLA Rules as approved by Consumer Affairs - 29th May 2014. The FTLA Rules cover the operations of the FTLA as a whole and the relationship of a Member Group to the FTLA. Therefore any prospective group must have a constitution or bylaws the group that allow the group to fulfil its obligations to the FTLA.

As the Farm Tree & Landcare Association (FTLA) is a membership based organisation, all Member Groups must agree to abide by the FTLA Rules. The FTLA Rules are specifically designed to allow Member Groups as much independence as possible – given the great range of member groups and the principle of local action inherent in Landcare it was felt that a one-size fits all approach was inappropriate.

The FTLA is not involved in the day to day running of Member Groups. The FTLA Rules allow Groups to create their own bylaws for the administration of the Member Group's affairs and activities. That said, the FTLA rules do cover the relationship of a member group to the FTLA and whatever bylaws the group adopts will need to allow the group to fulfil its obligations to the FTLA. In the unlikely event that the FTLA rules and the group's bylaws conflict the FTLA Rules will take precedence.