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Professional Resources

The information on this page is for people and organisations which manage volunteer programs.

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network

VCN is an Australia-wide network of people employed to coordinate community volunteer involvement in natural resource management and on-ground work.

The VCN Manual:

  • a best-practice guide for not-for-profit organisations which manage long-term environmental volunteer programs.
  • Developed by the Volunteer Co-ordinators Network, an information-sharing network of people from government and non-government organisations throughout Australia who work with environmental volunteers.
  • A practical working guide containing information and advice on managing volunteers and volunteer programs, legislation, safety and insurance requirements and examples of successful initiatives from current environmental volunteer programs around Australia.
  • The 2012 third edition is now available.

Contact us to request access for additional VCN member resources on this website.

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network (Natural Areas)

This is an email group and bulletin board for members of the VCN to share information and ideas, notification of events, advertised jobs etc.

To join the Volcoord email group, send an email with your contact details to:

The VCN (Sydney region) also meets four times a year. Meeting dates are publicised through Volcoord. Should you have difficulty joining the Volcoord email group due to firewall restrictions please contact landcaresydney@cma.nsw.gov.au to have your name added to an alternative contact list for Sydney meeting notifications.

Bushcare Training Review

This report was prepared for the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority which reviewed the existing training provisions and current requirements for volunteers undertaking Bushcare in Sydney. The review was conducted by Rosanna Luca and completed in March 2011.

Bushcare Training Review Executive Summary

Bushcare survey 2012


This very readable report contains the findings of the 2012 survey of environmental volunteers in the greater Sydney area, showing trends in demographics of volunteers from 2005 to 2012
 This is a 'must read' for coordinators interested in conveying the importance of volunteers to your stakeholder groups