Health and Safety

Does your group have a health and safety policy? Advice to help all Landcare groups develop a safe working environment.


Part A: Landcare Group Risk Prevention Toolkit - Download (239 KB)

Part A of Creating a Safe Working Environment for the Victorian Landcare Program.

This toolkit contains resources and guidelines for Landcare groups to undertake risk assessment and management for Landcare activities, including checklists and agreement or registration forms.

Part B: OH&S Toolkit for Landcare Employers & Employees - Download (359 KB)

Part B of Creating a Safe Working Environment for the Victorian Landcare Program.

This Toolkit specifically provides working guidelines and procedures that relate to the Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities of Landcare employers and employees.

Worksafe Victoria Publications

Worksafe Victoria has developed a number of publications to assist community services organisations working with volunteers to understand Health and Safety rights and responsibilities.

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees and volunteers working under their control. When working with volunteers it is essential that employers:

  • ensure that volunteers have appropriate skills, training and supervision to perform the work safely, and
  • when necessary, provide them with suitable personal protective equipment.

A handbook for community services organisations - volunteer health and safety

What you need to know about health and safety - Volunteers in community services

More information about - Community service volunteer boards and committees

Farmsafe Australia resources

Farmsafe Australia has a wide range of resources developed with industry which represent current best practice for occupational health and safety on farms. They will help farmers work towards enhancing productivity and health and safety on the farm, by reducing fatality and injury on Australian farms.

In Safe Hands Toolkit

Conservation Volunteers Australia, through their Conservation Skills Centre, has produced a safety management system designed for community groups in practical conservation, called 'In Safe Hands'. The kit is available for purchase on their website here.

Creating a Safe Working Environment

'Creating a Safe Working Environment' for the Victorian Landcare Program is made up of two toolkits for use by Landcare groups, networks, employers, employees, members and volunteers.

These toolkits include risk prevention and OH&S resources, to assist Landcare to ensure that a strong culture of safety underpins community-based natural resource management activities and events across Victoria.

These documents were developed as a collaborative project between the Victorian Landcare Team (VLT) and the Victorian Landcare Network (VLN).