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Duty of Care for FAWNA Inc. Members

  • It is imperative for members to complete and submit a Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) Volunteer Registration Form to enable cover to be provided for some medical expenses should injuries be sustained whilst undertaking wildlife rescue activities.  Members are held personally responsible for damage they cause to any person or property.
  • All FAWNA carers/members premises must be managed in a manner which does not contravene any Health Acts or Local Government Regulations
  • All carers/members must accept that personal and human safety must always come before animals.
  • No venomous creatures are to be handled by carers/members unless the member is trained and licensed to do so.
  • All carers/members are to wear appropriate protective clothing before commencing any rescue situation i.e. long pants, long sleeves, hat, boots/closed in shoes, protective glasses, gloves etc.
  • Members are not to engage in any activities likely to cause damage or personal injury to themselves or others, such as climbing trees or buildings to retrieve injured or sick animals.
  • All vehicles used for FAWNA activities must be currently registered, the driver hold a valid driver’s license for that class of vehicle and the vehicle should be comprehensively insured.
  • Any boats that members use in the course of wildlife rescue and release must have a licensed skipper and be carrying the correct life saving equipment. All carers/members who cannot swim are prohibited from going in boats for any FAWNA related purpose.
  • All carers/members must obey all road safety rules.

General Rules of FAWNA Inc.

  • All Acts and Regulations pertaining to either animal welfare or wildlife are to be adhered to at all times. 
  • FAWNA Inc will maintain a complaints register.  Any complaints, either written or oral, made against FAWNA carers/members are to be documented in the complaints register.
  • Members of the public and other FAWNA members are to be treated with courtesy, care and due respect at all times.
  • The Management Committee will approve any contact with the media on behalf of FAWNA and any content of any such media release must be approved by the President.
  • All depots and wildlife carers must provide to the committee, when required, a record of all native animals taken into care on the appropriate FAWNA Inc record sheet.
  • All carers/members who fail to abide by FAWNA Inc rules or, by their actions bring FAWNA Inc into disrepute, will be dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.
  • All FAWNA members who are under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent while undertaking any FAWNA Inc activities.