Professional Development 2024

Professional Development 2024

Outdoors Victoria is thrilled to announce a series of 26 professional development sessions spread across all four terms of the academic year. Designed specifically for OES (Outdoor & Environmental Studies) teachers and outdoor activity providers, these courses offer a unique opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge in outdoor education and recreation.

Join us as we delve into the world of outdoor education and recreation, learn from industry experts, and network with like-minded professionals. Don’t miss this chance to take your skills to the next level!

As an added benefit, Outdoors Victoria Affiliates enjoy complimentary access to select courses and special discounts on the remaining offerings. If you’re not already a member, now is the perfect time to join!
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Professional Development Timetable and Sessions 2024

February 22nd | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | ONLINE

Planning for the logbook and unit 4.3 written report

In this session JP will talk through the process he used in selecting his Focus Four Key knowledge points and how they are linked with his planned practical experiences. As part of this he will also introduce a logbook template (in conjunction with ACHPER) and walk teachers through the planning needed to ensure students have the ability to collect adequate primary data on practical experiences, supplemented by secondary data.

A brief scaffold of the written report will also be discussed, leaving plenty of time for q&a on this aspect of the revised study design.

Jarrod Paine | Author, Teacher and licenced snake catcher from north east Victoria.

Jarrod is a curriculum expert and has written the VCE Outdoor Environmental Studies subject for Year 12’s to support online learning.  With 20 years of teaching experience and a life of outdoor adventuring, he enjoys nothing more than sharing his vast knowledge with OES Teachers.


March 12th | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | ONLINE

Indigenous peoples’ custodianship of outdoor environments including the formation of Land and Water Councils and Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAP)

The session audience will be Secondary School teachers who teach year 11 and 12 VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies (OES) as they now, as part of the new Victorian Curriculum 2.0 from 2024 for OES, need to impart teachings and get the students to enquire about:

  • What custodianship means for Indigenous people
  • The pathways to recognition for Indigenous people in Victoria
  • The role of Land and Water Councils and Registered Aboriginal Parties

Jarrod Paine | Author, Teacher and licenced snake catcher from north east Victoria.

Jarrod is a curriculum expert and has written the VCE Outdoor Environmental Studies subject for Year 12’s to support online learning.  With 20 years of teaching experience and a life of outdoor adventuring, he enjoys nothing more than sharing his vast knowledge with OES Teachers.


March 21st | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | ONLINE

Navigating DET procedures & guidelines for camps & outdoor adventure activities 

Brett and Phil, from their in-depth knowledge of the Excursion Policy, will take you through the relevant sections for preparing for school camps and outdoor adventure activities.

Brett Easton | Alpine School – Gnurad-Gundidj Campus, Glenormiston VIC Warrnambool College

Brett is a founding member of the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus team, prior to that studied Outdoor Education and spent a number of years coordinating a large school based Outdoor education program. Brett is also a member of Outdoor Victoria’s Schools Advisory Group.

Phil Dennis | Head of Outdoor Education / HSR – Warrnambool College

Phil is an experienced and passionate Outdoor Education teacher who strives to build community partnerships and links to nature to support student learning and wellbeing.  Phil worked at Gnurad Gundidj, The School for Student Leadership for over a decade and currently heads up Outdoor Education at Warrnambool College. Phil is also a member of Outdoor Victoria’s Schools Advisory Group.


April 23th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | ONLINE

Unpacking the 2023 examiner’s report


April 30th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | ONLINE

Applying the AAAS


May 16th | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

How to engage participants and build relationships. Building a bag of tricks, games and initiatives.


May 23rd | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | ONLINE

Gaining appropriate informed consent to ensure programs meet legislative obligations. Tips to working with providers to plan great OE/Camps


May 30th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | ONLINE

Strategies providers can offer schools to assist them in managing time in lieu.


June 6th | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

Critical incident response  scenario training



DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Developing student literacy skills to help prepare for the exam


DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Managing anaphylaxis and diabetes on programs/camps


DATE AND TIME TBD | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

Indigenous peoples’ land management strategies – Managing Country Together in Action.


DATE AND TIME TBD | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

Program design/outcomes model and meeting school expectations and DET Guidelines


DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Introduction to delivering cultural interpretation


DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Tips and tricks in providing great meals


DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Preparing your students for the OES exam – Common errors unpacked


DATE AND TIME TBD | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

Mental Health 1st aid day 1


DATE AND TIME TBD | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

Mental Health 1st aid day 2



DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Workplace agreements and employment instruments


DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Sharing some great trip plans


DATE AND TIME TBD | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

Building individual and organisational capacity for staff to carry out concurrent risk assessment


DATE AND TIME TBD | IN-PERSON

Location: Westerfolds Park Templestowe – Conference Centre

Critical incident response  scenario training


DATE AND TIME TBD | ONLINE

Maintaining participant records and the requirements of privacy legislation


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