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Welcoming our Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Manager and Head of Business Transformation Print E-mail

Scouts NSW welcomed three new managers who will support Scouts NSW as it implements its strategic direction. Please join us in welcoming them to their new roles.

Mark Katz, Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Katz is a CA qualified CFO with over 20 years’ experience in commercial and financial management who has led Finance teams across numerous global markets in the Technology, Financial services and travel industries in Australia and South Africa.

Mark has deep knowledge and experience gained with global iconic brands including American Express enabling the restructuring and integrating of financial departments and divisions, identifying problem areas and implementing efficient systems and solutions.

Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia & New Zealand.

Jane Siebum, Head of Business Transformation

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Jane joins the team after working with organisations such as the Department of Education and Training, TAFE NSW, and Volkswagen Financial Services. She brings deep experience in leading large scale business and IT programs of work that have led to major business transformation through changes in processes and technology.

For more than five years Jane also ran her own retail / wholesale business detailing with retail and trade customers in the building supply arena.

She has deep knowledge in stakeholder engagement, communication, government liaision and networking, relationship building, and fostering the talent in young people, the disadvantaged and those needing to be heard.

In the not for profit sector, Jane has held Board positions and senior leadership roles in a volunteer capacity for organisations such as WIPAN, Bowen Pastoral Agricultural Society, and the Bowen Housing Group.

Jane is committed to the values of organisations like Scouts NSW. “My goal is to incorporate my corporate knowledge and experience with my community and social conscious in an organisation that will deliver outcomes that are charitable and sustainable.”

Jay Mendoza, Commercial Manager

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Jay has been a CPA for over 20 years. His career highlights include the CFO role with Goodwin - a community based NFP Aged Care provider in Canberra, over 15 years in commercial accounting roles in tourism and hospitality, and in the marketing professional services sector in Sydney, and he has also led the reporting and strategy function of a major bank in the South Pacific region.

Jay‘s work experience includes valuable experience in helping organisations get better value and optimising resource utilisation. He has been a volunteer religious education coordinator and educator in his local church. Jay was also was a Cub Scout in his youth.

Scouts Get Active in 2018! Print E-mail

Scouts NSW will be an eligible provider of the Active Kids Rebate Program announced by the NSW Government as part of its 2017-18 budget this year.

From 1 January 2018, families with children in Scouts from Kindy to Year 12 can apply on-line for a $100 voucher per child per year to go towards Membership Fees. The program will continue for the next four years. What a great way to start the Scout year!

“Participation in Scouting leads to a lifelong love affair with the outdoors and an active lifestyle. Many former Scouts continue to enjoy outdoor activities such as bushwalking, canyoning, abseiling and canoeing. This program will support many of our families across NSW and I am delighted that we will be an eligible provider,” said Neville Tomkins OAM JP Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner.

“Scouting unlocks the inner adventure in young people and gets them outside to explore fun, healthy activities. This voucher program will help reduce the financial burden on families who want their children to enjoy the Scout program, ” said Scouts NSW CEO Andrew Smith AM.

Scouts NSW is working closely with the Office of Sport on the most effective way to implement the program and integrate it as seamlessly as possible so that Scouts families can redeem their vouchers easily.

The NSW Government expects to finalise details of how the scheme will operate by November and Scouts NSW will inform Groups as soon as that information becomes available.
You can also find out more by visiting the NSW Government’s Active Kids website.

It’s a Game Changer – CareMonkey to be Rolled Out to all Scout Groups Print E-mail

Following a successful trial, the Scouts NSW Board of Directors approved the roll out of CareMonkey for all Scout Groups in NSW. The project team will work closely with the CareMonkey Working Group to introduce and roll out the online solution which will help Scouts NSW meet its strategic objective to reduce the amount of time Leaders and families have to spend on administration of Scouting.

CareMonkey will support Scouts NSW reduce the amount of paper forms and increase the capacity to manage and communicate with families at a local level. The greatest impact on families will be the reduction of having to fill in a paper E1 form for Group activities.

Leaders can easily generate E1 forms and families can quickly provide permission via a website or mobile device with a click of a button.
Families can keep individual Members’ medical profiles and emergency contact details up to date.

Group Leaders can see at a glance those members who are attending Activities and access attendees’ current Care Plans with ease if required.

It’s a game changer for Scouts NSW. Of the 20 Groups who participated in the trial, 80% of Group and Section Leaders surveyed said they were Very Satisfied or Extremely Satisfied with CareMonkey. 95% of families surveyed would recommend CareMonkey as a product for all Scouts NSW members.

Implementation will kick off in October and continue over the next six months. Keep your eye on the Scouts NSW website to find out more about how your Group can sign up for CareMonkey.

Call for Nominations – Scouts Australia National Council Print E-mail

Scouts Australia NSW is Seeking Expressions of Interest for Two National Councillor Roles

Scouts Australia NSW Branch (Scouts NSW) is looking for two people to become members of the National Council.

This role involves attendance at the National Council meeting(s) when hosted in Sydney and either attending at your cost or providing a proxy to an attending delegate when the meeting is held interstate.  National Councillors are expected to vote on issues affecting the national body of Scouts Australia.

This is a volunteer position for 1 year.  Councillors are endorsed by the NSW Board of Directors and are voted in to the National Council the AGM prior to their appointment.

Candidates under the age of 30 are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this role, please complete the application form, providing a short statement outlining why you wish to undertake this role, including any experience or skills that you have and a copy of your resume. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check.

Nominations are to be to be submitted no later than 3:00pm Friday 29th September 2017.



State Commissioner - Adult Training and Development Print E-mail

After 5 years in the role, our current SC AT&D, Tarranne Bryan is stepping down from the SC AT&D role. Thank you Tarranne for your effort and work in the role. As a result, we’re looking for someone to take on this important position.

With a New Youth Programme coming, expanded Activities training, and a bunch of other things happening in Scouts NSW in the next couple of years, this role would suit someone who thrives on change and challenge. You’ll be working with an awesome team of Trainers, RCs AT&D, Activities, and Youth Programme people, providing leadership, mentoring, motivation and direction across the state of NSW.

Interested? Apply by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications should address the criteria in the position description below. Applications close Sunday 1 October, 2017.


Position Description - State Commissioner Adult Training and Development

Title: State Commissioner Adult Training and Development

Short form: SC AT&D

Reporting to: Assistant Chief Commissioner Adventurous Activities, Training, and VET

Reports: Appointed Assistant Leader Trainers and Leader Trainers.

Liaison: - Region Commissioners, Adult Training & Development - State Commissioner VET (Youth and Adult) - State Commissioner Adventurous Activities Training (Youth and Adult)

Tenure: 3 years, reviewed annually.

Purpose of the position

The State Commissioner Adult Training and Development is the volunteer member responsible to the Assistant Chief Commissioner Adventurous Activities, Training, and VET for the implementation of National Curricula for Business Training for Adult members. The SC AT&D will assist in the implementation of strategic improvements to grow the richness, appeal, relevance, consistency and quality of training across NSW (particularly in country Regions). This will need detailed planning, preparation, ensuring courses are adequately staffed, quality assurance, and quantified measurement of results using a “Plan, Do, Review” attitude. This requires driving for change and preparing Scouting membership so that everyone understands and embraces the idea of change.

The SC AT&D responsible for the implementation and delivery of the National Curricula and its policies for Adult Training & Development. Interacting with other State Commissioners (across Training and Activities), the need for clear and concise communication and cooperation is essential, to ensure a uniform and united State position on training for all stakeholders. This role will need strong leadership to drive a new culture of change and provide new opportunities with Instructors now forming part of the training team. Reviewing existing procedures, policies and team will be required to accommodate and re-position NSW Training to be at the forefront for future growth as a service function to Scouting.

The SC AT&D will drive and lead a dynamic team of ALTs, LTs, and RCs AT&D, to provide the optimum environment for nurturing training of Adult from all walks of life, so their experience are positive, motivating, and provide them with enthusiasm to deliver the best possible program to our youth members.

Supporting new leaders through a sometimes-complex system can be challenging, providing them with local support network, resources and current information on training is vital, in ensuring positive outcomes for new leaders joining the movement is achieved.

Responsibilities and Duties

While carrying out the responsibilities of the role, the SC AT&D will always uphold the purpose, principles and values of Scouts Australia, will adhere to the Adult Code of Conduct and Ethics, will abide by WOSM, National and State policies and will behave in accordance with the Scout Law and Promise. Importantly, the SC AT&D will comply with, and ensure the implementation of all applicable legislative and statutory regulations. The SC AT&D will appreciate the importance of appointment reviews and be instrumental in ensuring their implementation across the State.

The SC AT&D will manage a quality curriculum that ensures Training delivers relevant and first class adult and youth development and education programs as defined by the needs of the Youth Programme. The SC AT&D will be proactive in relation to the New Youth Programme and its implementation. He/ she will have a sound understanding of Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT), as well as the operations of the Youth Councils (Scout, Venturer Scout) and the Branch Rover Council.

It is the goal of the Chief Commissioner, the DCC Team, and the Board of Directors that Scouts NSW develops a culture of openness, inclusiveness, genuine teamwork and mutual assistance. All senior positions, including the ACC & SC positions, will be both responsible and accountable for the generation and maintenance of this culture.

Further background information about the responsibilities of the SC AT&D position is available from the Assistant Chief Commissioner Adventurous Activities, Training, and VET.

Selection Criteria

You are invited to establish your claim to the position based on eight essential criteria, as well as mandatory qualifications:

Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Proven record of accomplishment of, or demonstrable capacity for, senior leadership and the effective implementation of significant organisational change.
  • Ability to develop creative and innovative ideas for improving activity participation and training.
  • Sound, evidence-based judgement, and accountable decision making.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders and teams.
  • Proven, successful record of accomplishment of effective teamwork among adults.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of proactive and results orientation.
  • Enthusiasm for the strategic direction of Scouts NSW, including the Strategic Plan 2016-2018 and the Chief Commissioner's seven Strategic Priorities.
  • An appropriate fit with the positive and enabling culture of Scouts NSW.

Knowledge and Experience

  •  Sound knowledge of Leader Training processes, including an understanding of Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and requirements. Experience in a broad range of activities, as well as an understanding of the Scouts Australia Institute of Training.


  • Minimum 1 years’ Leader of Adults experience in Scouting with at least 1 year operating at a Senior State or Region level.
  • Desire to be appointed as an Assistant Leader Trainer or Leader Trainer.
  • Completed the requisite training as required for the position and hold a Wood Badge.
  • VET Sector experience, or deemed equivalent (desirable).\


This position is strategically important to Scouts NSW, with a strong achievement attitude required. The SC AT&D will be assessed on the results they achieve. Assessment will include formal annual performance reviews. The strategic performance indicators that apply to this position include:

  • Leader Training completion rates: Basic and Advanced training, increase completion rates to prior year (target is all 100% Basic completed in 1 year, 100% Advanced complete in 3 years) of commencement
  • Cert III and Cert IV completion rates by Adults members increase by >10% to 2016
  • Accredited Activities qualifications gained by NSW members, with 300 leaders holding Guide, or higher, qualification by end of 2018.
  • Team leadership: Training Team engagement, effectiveness, and structural optimisation.


For further information and background, please contact the DCC AT&S.

Marketing Assistant Print E-mail

Position Description

The Marketing Assistant is responsible for supporting the growth and development of membership and the implementation of various marketing activities.
Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning, implementing, and evaluating targeted marketing strategies to facilitate membership acquisition
  • Support marketing campaigns and programs
  • Assist in maintaining and developing social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Provide regular analysis and reporting
  • Administrative and general operational duties to support Marketing and Communications team  

Skills and Attributes

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in marketing or a minimum 2 years’ experience in the field.
  • Experience in development and implementation of marketing campaigns
  • Experience in digital marketing campaigns, website management and social media accounts
  • Computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Office and WordPress CMS
  • Strong oral and written communications skills


Positive and enabling, supportive and friendly. 

  • Broad role, learn on the job
  • Good work life balance

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on an immediate basis.

Executive Assistant to the Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

Position Description

The focus of this position is to provide proactive administrative and secretarial support to the Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW. You will be working as part of a small executive support team to deliver quality administrative services.
Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide secretarial and administrative support to the Chief Commissioner
  • Manage phone enquiries, maintain diary, and arrange meetings /appointments on behalf of the Chief Commissioner
  • Communicate and generate correspondence with members of the organisation as required
  • Coordinate meetings, events and travel as required
  • Prepare agendas and take minutes for the meetings of the Chief Commissioner
  • To preparing expenses for the senior leadership team
  • Provide executive support to other events organised or attended by the Chief Commissioner

Selection Criteria

  • Be enthusiastic, driven and a team player
  • Be a confident communicator - have a clear phone manner and excellent written skills
  • Enjoy building relationships and going above and beyond
  • Be organised, be able to prioritise your workload and have high attention to detail
  • Have an interest in the Not for Profit sector, a background in Scouting would be advantageous
  • Intermediate - Advanced Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills - please be advised that testing will be required

To Apply

For more information about Scouts Australia NSW please visit

Applicants should send a covering letter outlining how your administration/events experience, skills and attributes would be a good match along with an updated resume to Rhonda Newman at Beaumont People by clicking here.

There is no closing date for this role, please apply as soon as possible as all applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

The Culture Steering Committee and Working Groups Print E-mail

The Culture Steering Committee has been confirmed as: Bel Francis (DCC – Growth, Strategies and Group Support), Elston Hynd (National Commissioner Adult Training and Development), Deborah Howlett (Chairperson - Greater Western Sydney Region) and Michael Pratt (Leader - Hunter and Coastal).

This group of considered, experienced people will lead some excellent decisions and set the direction for the new positive and enabling culture for Scouts NSW. The Steering Committee will drive the Culture Taskforce, which involves two Working Groups: the first will focus on organisational culture, the other will focus on cultural diversity and inclusion.

Organisational Culture Working Group

This Group will focus on investigating and identifying areas within the organisational culture of Scouts NSW which impact our cultural goal, and will prioritise actions or initiatives to support the implementation of changes. Its role is to investigate the elements of our culture and provide recommendations to the Steering Committee for how we can develop our positive and enabling culture for our membership.

It will focus on: language and communication, health and wellbeing, flexibility and work-life balance, behaviour and courtesies, relationships between uniformed members and with non-uniformed members, open door policies, operating rhythm, values and ideals, team charters, and traditions and ceremonies.

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

To successfully increase our diversity and be more inclusive, we must prioritise how we reach out to and welcome new members from the many diverse groups in NSW, and, most importantly, how we make sure Scouts NSW is ready and capable of responding the needs of current and new diverse groups. To assist us to do this, we have re-formed the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Working Group so that their focus will be to consider, prioritise and advise the Culture Steering Committee on all elements of diversity and inclusion.

The D&I Working Group will focus on: faith and spirituality, multiculturalism, disability and accessibility, mental health, gender, family and domestic violence, indigenous, sexuality diverse, special diets and intolerances, transgender and intersex, generational and mature age, financial challenges, single parent families, non-English speaking, homeless and between homes, and migrant and new Australians.

Congratulations to our New State Commissioners Print E-mail

I’m pleased to share some more appointments to our State team. Congratulations to all of our new State Commissioners. Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles.

State Commissioner (Group Support Strategies) - Dean Bassett

How we support our Groups – especially in this the Year of the Group and the Group Leader – is so critical to our success in retaining and recruiting both youth and adult members in Scouts NSW. I am pleased to announce that our new State Commissioner (Group Support Strategies) comes to the position with deep experience in Scouting, starting from the age of 9. Please join me in congratulating Dean Bassett on his new position. In his own words, Dean is a “classic welded on member of Scouts” and has been an active part of Scouting for 46 years. Most recently as District Commissioner (Benowie), Dean has demonstrated outstanding skills in supporting the growth and recovery of Groups, and in mentoring and guiding Group Leaders.

State Commissioner (Communications and Marketing) - Anthea Cudworth

I’m delighted to announce Anthea Cudworth as our newly appointed State Commissioner (Communications and Marketing). Anthea has front line experience in Scouting and joins us from the very successful and active 1st Balmain Scout Group. Anthea is an accomplished professional with a deep background in communications, marketing and change management, and a long history with the Scouting (and Guiding) movement. Culturally, Anthea is a wonderful fit for our team - she is energetic, insightful, considered and incredibly positive. Her focus will be to work with you and alongside the State Office team to review how we communicate in an open and transparent way, supporting our new culture, and enhancing how we promote our Scouts NSW brand broadly and locally.

State Commissioner (Community Liaison, Diversity and Inclusion) - John Pestana

The importance of how Scouts NSW grows in the community and how we increase our membership to include youth and adults from the great diversity across NSW has resulted in us combining a focus on community liaison with an equal focus on diversity and inclusion. I’m pleased to publicly congratulate John Pestana on his new expanded position of State Commissioner (Community Liaison, Diversity and Inclusion). John has been a member of Scouting for more than 51 years – in Singapore and Australia – and has held positions at many levels in Scouting. In his previous role of Branch Commissioner (Community Liaison), John successfully developed some important relationships for Scouts NSW with different cultural communities and most recently facilitated the investment of new youth members from the Buddhist Light International Association. John’s focus will include the growth of our footprint in the many multicultural communities across NSW, and he will work with the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

State Commissioner (Environment) - Mitchell Hodgson

Mitchell Hodgson joins our team with strong environmental credentials including a Bachelor of Environment Science majoring in Biology with 1st Class Honours and is pursuing his PhD working on lizard thermal biology and its role in global conversation. As a Youth Member in Scouting, Mitchell achieved his Grey Wolf, Australian Scout Medallion and Queens Scout Awards, was involved in YACS, Youth Environment Team, and a range of other Scouting councils and teams. There is plenty ahead in this role for Mitchell as he brings the Environment subject into focus to assist with Section Programming and furthering the awareness of the environment we live in.

State Commissioner (Special Needs) - Mark Burfield

Mark Burfield has been working in the area of Special Needs within Scouts NSW since 2008 and has led the State Team since 2011. Mark has previously been actively involved in the running of Special Needs Conferences, Agoonorees and supporting the State’s Special Needs Groups. Mark recently ran a very successful Special Needs Conference, which I was delighted to join and hear first-hand how many of our Groups are embracing opportunities to include young people with additional needs. Mark now has the challenge to bring supporting knowledge and know-how to Groups so they are equipped to support our Youth who have special needs, in all aspects of Scouting.

State Commissioner (Creative Arts) - Michael de Beer

Michael de Beer joined Scouts as a Cub with 1st Waitara in 1994 and followed all the Sections right through to Rovers. As a Rover, Michael was also a young Leader in the Scout Section during which time he attended three Jamborees and two Cuborees. Over recent years Michael has been the Producer of the Hornsby Gangshow. The Creative Arts arena is diverse and brings many opportunities to our Youth Members to gain skills, enhance personal confidence, develop careers, and generally experience life from a creative perspective, which Michael is ready to enable!

Assistant State Commissioner (Heritage) - Joe Attard

Joe Attard joined Scouts as an Assistant Venturer Leader with 2nd Canterbury in 1982, transferred to the Cub Section in 1991 before becoming a District Cub Leader in 2003. He was a Regional Commissioner (International) prior to his Assistant State Commissioner (Heritage) appointment in 2009. Joe was reappointed in this role in 2017. Joe brings enormous passion and a wealth of knowledge to enhance the display of materials from our Heritage for everyone across the movement to explore. We are very proud of our extraordinary history in NSW, and our legacy is a valued commodity. We’re delighted Joe can share stories and artefacts for both Scout members and the wider community, enhancing our reputation and our reinforcing the value Scouts has brought to Australians from all walks of life for so long.

State Commissioner, Vocational Education and training (VET) - Ryan Beeby

Ryan Beeby joins NSW from Scouts Victoria having started his Scouting journey as a youth member. He has extensive experience in Rovers, including roles with the National Rover Council. Ryan gained his Wood Badge in 2010, and has been heavily involved in training and development of Leaders in both States, including roles as a PLA, course presenter and course manager. Ryan’s adventurous activities interests include Air Activities, Water Activities, Bushwalking, Abseiling, caving and canyoning.

State Commissioner, Major Events - Michael Wright

Michael Wright started in Scouts in 1989 as a Leader with 1st East Hills Group. Since then, he has participated in, and held Leadership roles for a variety of major events including the 12th Australian Venture in 2003, Australian Jamborees in 2010 and 2016 at a Deputy Director and Director level, and most recently the 6th NSW Cuboree in 2017. Michael brings enthusiasm and passion for the new role, and will play a leading part in developing the Major Events capabilities and leadership in NSW over the coming years.

1st Canley Heights celebrates 25 years of Scouting Print E-mail

On Saturday 26 August, the Liên Đoàn Văn Lang - 1st Canley Heights Scouts Group celebrated its 25th birthday.  

Impressive musical performances from Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Leaders and parent supporters entertained the crowd of more than 300 guests. The highlight of the night was a one-of-a-kind Vietnamese rap song that described the history of Vietnamese scouting and the importance of respect and care. 

The Scout Hall hosted a magnificent display of the Group's history through photographs, plaques and memorabilia from across NSW and around the world. The collection was increased on the night as woodbadges were presented to Minh-Man Pham (Cub Scout Leader) and To Loan Huynh (Assistant CSL). 

The audience included many former leaders and supporters, along with Neville Tomkins (Chief Commissioner, Scouts NSW), Sue Bartlett (Regional Commissioner, Hume) and Belinda Francis (Deputy Chief Commissioner – Growth, Strategies and Group Support).

The organisation of this celebratory event was part of Vienna Wong's Australian Scout Medallion project, supported by Venturers Sharon Nguyen and Anh Nguyen who were the MCs for the night. A real youth led, adult supported effort.

The Chief Commissioner congratulated 1st Canley Heights on its excellent youth program, noting how Vietnamese scouting is an integral part of the rich fabric of diversity of our scouting community across NSW. 

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