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Application and Selection Process

The Victorian Waterway Management Twinning Program is open to all Victorian professionals currently involved in the management and protection of Victoria’s waterways.  Nine mentor/mentee partnerships are now underway in the 2017 Program.  Six of these are full fee-paying partnerships, and three are fully funded scholarship partnerships.  The three scholarships are:

Aboriginal Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for an Aboriginal person involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways

Landcare/Community Group Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for a member of a not-for-profit organisation involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways

River Basin Management Society Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for a current member of the RBMS who is involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways

The Application Process:

We welcome applications from people interested in being a mentee or mentor.  Mentees are encouraged to nominate a mentor if they know of someone they would like to work with who has expertise in the waterway project they would like to focus on.  The definition of a ‘waterway project’ is broad, and includes on-ground works, community engagement, effective communication, science underpinning policy, monitoring and evaluation.  Please don’t be restricted to this list, we are open to new ideas and approaches providing they are focused on the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways.

For the mentoring program to work, there must be support and endorsement by the organisation’s management for those wanting to get involved.  This includes an allocation of time for the mentoring project within a mentee or mentor’s work program, as well as a guarantee that they can attend all three face-to-face workshop sessions.  Mentoring needs to be viewed as a core tool to aid staff development and, as such, immensely valuable to both the individual and organisation.

The Application Forms below can be downloaded and then emailed to the Program Coordinator Lucy Cameron at L.cameron@ghcma.vic.gov.au.  Completed applications must be submitted by 5.00pm on Wednesday the 30th of November.

Participant selection will be made by the Steering Committee in mid-December and based on information provided in the mentor and mentee application forms. Selection will be based primarily on the Steering Committee’s expertise and perception of the potential benefit to Victorian river health projects that can be achieved through the personal and professional capacity developed through the mentoring partnership.  Priority will be given to projects implementing the Victorian Regional Riparian Action Plan and the Water for Victoria Plan.

While open to both public and private sector professionals, where possible a representative of a Catchment Management Authority, DEWLP, Arthur Rylah Institute or Melbourne Water will be involved in each twinning partnership.  The River Basin Management Society scholarship is excluded from this condition.  Mentors may be selected from interstate if their expertise will have significant benefit to Victorian waterways.

Scholarships will be chosen using the criteria outlined above, and their choice will not be influenced by whether the candidate could otherwise pay for their place.

If you would like to submit a query about the Program please use the form below.  You are also welcome to contact Lucy Cameron, the Program Coordinator on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (03 5571 2526 or l.cameron@ghcma.vic.gov.au)