How do I register?
How do I know what positions are available?
Once your application has met all requirements you will have access to a Jobs
Board on the website
How do I apply for a placement?
Follow the Jobs Board prompts and press the Apply for Job button. This will send an email to the job poster as well as BushED admin.
Can my partner accompany me?
Yes, we encourage it. They may even become your Aide.
How do I know if my offer has been successful?
You will be informed by email.
Why do I need to indicate my professional skill areas?
Families with special needs will make decisions based on what you have told them. For example you may be a Speech Therapist, Reading Recovery trained.
What do I need to do before I leave?
Make sure that you are physically able to travel and work. Make sure that your Working with Children clearances are appropriate. Contact the family and establish times and any other queries you may have. The family will have queries too.
Can I bring my pets with me?
Ask the family, farm dogs are not pets.
How do I find out the needs of the child?
Talk to parents and seek advice from them as to who else may be involved in their child’s education.
How do I know the child’s strengths and weaknesses?
Can I approach the SDE for information about the child?
This must be negotiated between you and the parent in conjunction with the SDE.
Will the SDE know I am coming?
Only if they are told. Ask parents to do so. It is a common courtesy on your part anyway.
Will the SDE be happy with me assisting the child?
In general terms they will be happy to have any assistance for their pupils but remember that they are responsible for the entire year’s work so our job is to assist not interfere
Can I alter the Education program of the child?
See above but the short answer is NO.
How do I claim my travelling expenses?
Keep your fuel receipts and submit them to Bushed using the form on the website anytime within six months of your placement and you will be reimbursed up to the $1,000 offered. These funds come from Bushed and are the only ones available for travel.
Will I be insured while I am volunteering with Bushed Australia?
You will be covered by Bushed’s volunteer insurance policy if you receive written confirmation of your appointment from Bushed. If you organise a placement directly with a family with Bushed acceptance you WILL NOT BE COVERED. Bushed will only cover you while you are in residence with the family and not your travel to and from your placement address.
Who can apply for help from BushEd?
Families of children who are defined by the following standard (XYZ). Typically these families will be extremely isolated in rural and remote regions of Australia.
How much help can a family receive?
BushEd’s primary service is the supply of volunteer teachers, many who still have much to give but have retired from full time employment. Educators are our primary source of volunteers and they come from all over Australia. They will provide, with our small financial assistance to cover some of their travel expenses, support to families to help educate children’s learning via current methods, Distance Ed, School of the Air.
What does a family need to do?
Once a family has submitted their listing, a username will be provided for the family. The family will need to click on a provided link, and create their own password. The username and password will enable the family to check on their placement listing. The family will also receive emails from interested volunteers who would like to accept the position.
The family is responsible for providing meals, accommodation (if required), and public liability insurance for the working partner (optional not compulsory
What about accommodation?
Accommodation provided must be safe and clean. Tutors may choose to bring their own caravan/trailer. Families may provide spare room, granny flat, cottage, quarters etc accommodation. All must be furnished with bed and bedding, hanging/cupboard space. Working toilet and showers, with hot water system, must be supplied. Different people are happy with different scenarios, and it is important to have an open and honest conversation with your family/tutor about what is available and what you need.
If families choose not have the volunteer/s eat with family then it suggested that both parties come to an agreement prior to placement. The family would be expected to provide groceries to the volunteer/s if they didn’t eat together.
Do we have to feed our volunteers?
Families are required to provide meals for the tutors.
This could be –
– All food provided, tutors to prepare their own meals.
– All meals provided, tutors to collect meals and eat in their own accommodation.
– All meals provided, tutors to eat with family.
– All meals provided, some meals eaten with families and others (eg breakfasts) eaten in own accommodation.
Any dietary requirements should be made known to the family from the acceptance of the placement. Many remote families have limited access to regular grocery trips and need to plan ahead for special requirements.
What about school?
The tutor may
– Assist the parent in the school room
– Give the parent a complete break from the school room
– Assist the parent by encouraging the parent with different teaching strategies.
Each family and each placement will be different. It is helpful for the family to list their requirements in the job placement. We encourage the family and tutor to discuss their individual needs at the acceptance of the placement.
These tutors have lifetime of experience, use there knowledge and ask them if there is something you haven’t seen but they have with learning problems your child may have. Be prepared for a honest answer that you may not like
What about after school?
The tutor is not a baby sitting service. They are to assist in the school room within reasonable school hours and in the parent’s attendance.
What about my husband/wife/partner?
A tutor’s spouse/partner can accompany the tutor on placement. When accepting the placement, the family and couple need to discuss what roles the family would like the partner to accept. The spouse/partner may
– Assist in the schoolroom
– Do light duties around the house if desired (mow a lawn, sweep a floor etc)
– Accompany Dad out in the paddock as an offsider/spectator
The family will need to ensure that they have up-to-date Public Liability insurance to cover the partner in this role. A notice of Public Liability Insurance will need to be provided when registering a placement.
What about insurance for us, the volunteers, in case of an accident?
BushEd has insurance that will cover the volunteers from the time they
– arrive at your property to begin their placement till the time they leave your placement,
– In addition Bushed insurance will cover the volunteers for travel to and from but only if they travel directly from their principle place of residence.
– In the case that the volunteer takes extended time to arrive at and return from placement to their principle place of residence, Bushed insurance WILL NOT COVER their trip.
Alternatively, should the volunteer be arriving and departing to another location, then the insurance will cover from the start of placement until completion.