Farm Tree & Landcare Association
FTLA Member Benefits
- Insurance Package
- Victorian Landcare Magazine
- Information and advice: Training programs, Governance Resource Kit, TAX FAQs sheets, etc.
The FTLA acts as an umbrella body under which Member Groups obtain the benefits of incorporation. Membership under the FTLA umbrella satisfies the need to be incorporated so as to be eligible to open bank accounts, register vehicles and trailers and receive funding.
Incorporation is a means of providing a group of people (an association) with a legal identity.
Incorporation provides protection for members against the possibility of being personally responsible for the organisations debts and liabilities. Although this protection is not absolute, it does offer protection where an incorporated association’s members carry out their duties and activities in good faith and with care and diligence (“Duty of Care”).
Member Groups must act as members of the FTLA in order to be protected by the FTLA incorporation.
The FTLA Rules are specifically designed to allow Member Groups as much independence as possible – given the great range of member groups and the principle of local action inherent in Landcare that a one-size fits all approach was inappropriate. That said, the FTLA rules do cover the relationship of a member group to the FTLA and whatever bylaws the group adopts will need to allow the group to fulfil its obligation to the FTLA. In the unlikely event that the FTLA rules and the group’s bylaws conflict the FTLA Rules will take precedence.
(Note: Member Groups that retain their own separate incorporation will still be required to meet their statutory obligations with respect to that incorporation).
Incorporation, however, will not protect a Member Group or its members from the consequences of their own negligence. Insurance provides a safety net against liabilities arising from negligence including the means to defend a claim.
The insurance package sourced for FTLA Member Groups is comprised of three components:
1. Public and Products Liability Insurance
Covers personal injury or property damage arising from the negligent actions of a Member Group or its members
2. Personal Accident Insurance
Provides for payments where a volunteer, a worker or a member is injured while engaged in activities for a Member Group.
3. Associations Liability Insurance
- Professional Indemnity
- Directors & Officers Liability Insurance
- Association Reimbursement
- Entity Insurance
Provides protection for office bearers and employees in the course of carrying out their duties on behalf of their organisation.
VICTORIAN LANDCARE MAGAZINE
All members of FTLA Member Groups receive the Victorian Landcare magazine. The magazine is the premier Landcare publication circulated in Victoria
As members of the FTLA, groups have a collective voice in debates on Landcare issues. The FTLA has good relationships with government and the farming organisations, enabling the FTLA to be a strong advocate for its member groups. The FTLA represents its members in a number of forums at both a state and national level.
The annual subscription of the FTLA, which runs from 1st July to 30th June, is made up of three components. Two of the components are fixed for all Member Groups and the third is variable depending on the number of members comprising a Member Group. All fees are GST inclusive.
Fee structure for 2015/16
1.Insurance Fee $155
2.Group Membership Fee $75
3.Administration fee $3.75 x No. of Members
Note: - where two or more of a Member Group’s members reside at the same address (e.g. husband & wife) for the purposes of the administration fee counts as one member.
25 Years of Landcare