Membership of North Queensland Wildlife Care Inc (NQWC) is valid for one year and gives members access to the following:
- specialised training
- wildlife food and other supplies at a reduced cost
- NQWC Group Rehabilitation Permit (for new members approved by the relevant species coordinator)
- Voluntary Workers Personal Accident Insurance (for 12 years old and over)
- monthly newsletter and regular updates
All members of NQWC agree to the following:
1. to support NQWC’s core values and to comply with its policies, procedures and Code of Conduct (see below);
2. to comply with the Code of Practice – Care of Sick, Injured or Orphaned Protected Animals in Queensland, as well as with the legislation that governs NQWC’s activities including the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld), the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001(Qld) and relevant regulations.
3. to comply with all reasonable instructions and advice provided by the Management Committee and the relevant species coordinators;
4. to report all native animals in their care, whether they have an individual permit or are under a group permit, to the relevant NQWC species coordinator;
5. to maintain records about all native animals in their care on WildMan;
6. NQWC members who are also members of another wildlife group should be mindful that any native animal they have received via NQWC (eg. when asked by NQWC member to rescue or care for animal) must be reported to the relevant NQWC coordinator and recorded on NQWC Wildman;
7. to pass on animals into another person’s care only if authorised by the coordinator to do so and only if the other person has the appropriate training/experience and permit;
8. to provide a copy of their rehabilitation and/or damage mitigation permit, if any, to the Membership Officer;
9. all activities undertaken by members are completely voluntary and are at their own expense and risk;
10. NQWC group permit and insurance will cover only persons named on the application form.
Serious, deliberate and/or repeated breaches of any of these conditions may result in cancellation of membership.
Code of Conduct
The purpose of this Code is to provide standards of behaviour that support NQWC’s aims and activities. It applies to all members, including ordinary members, species coordinators, Management Committee members and non-Committee office bearers, as well as any other volunteers or paid contractors.
This Code stands beside but does not exclude or replace the rights and obligations of individuals under legislation or common law.
The following standards of behaviour are expected from all members of NQWC:
• treat all NQWC members and members of the public with respect and courtesy;
• maintain a positive, supportive and co-operative attitude with other members;
• do not engage in gossiping, bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment; and discourage and/or report those who do;
• value NQWC’s reputation and its members and refrain from criticising the organisation and its members in public, especially on social media;
• use social media for sharing information that is accurate, respectful and relevant;
• treat NQWC’s property with respect and integrity;
• refrain from acting in ways that are contrary to the interests of NQWC;
• communicate any concerns to the Management Committee in a confidential, constructive and appropriate manner;
• in case of conflict or grievance, follow the procedures outlined in NQWC’s Dispute Resolution Policy and Procedure;
NQWC respects its members’ privacy. Members’ personal details will be stored securely on a member database for the use of NQWC. They may be circulated to other members of NQWC if needed for administrative or wildlife care purposes. Members’ personal details may be released to the Department of Environment and Science when reporting on the Group Rehabilitation Permit. Details will not be released to any other organisation without members’ prior written approval.