Will my information be made publicly available?
No your information is 100% private
Can we be picked up from the airport, train station etc?
If a driver or cab or uber can be organised for you then it will be and you will be advised well in advance. If you can give us more than 48 hrs then the chances go up considerably.
Is there a cost for provided accommodation for myself or other family members?
No Rural Aid will either source a room for you with one of our supporters or we’ll cover the cost of your accommodation through donations and sponsorship.
Is there a cost for providing transportation for myself or other family members?
Once again like accommodation charges, if we can source you a driver there will be no charge and if we have to cover your transport via donations we will.
Is the service available 24/7?
Yes 0412 448 333 is answered 24/7/365.
Do I have to share facilities with other guests?
No you will be the only guest in a residence.
Can I find out about all accommodation on offer in the area I require to stay?
All properties are inspected by Rural Aid staff in advance of them going onto the database. You can be assured of the highest quality and ongoing standards when it comes to approved properties.
Are meals provided?
No meals are not covered by this program. Some individual property owners may offer that on a personal basis but it is not pre-organised.
Can we be taxied to and from destinations at any time of the day or night?
We will do our best to find a volunteer, or if needed an uber or taxi, to meet your needs. However the time of day and other factors may make this impossible.
How do I make a change to my reservation?
You will be contacted via sms with our direct number and if changes need to be made you can organise that individually with our team when they are in contact with you
What do we do if we have a problem with our accommodation?
You will have a contact number for our team so just let them know by calling 0412 448 333
Do I need to have insurance?
Yes you will need to have comprehensive car insurance if you’re offering transport services and house and public liability insurance coverage of $20m which is normally built into all household insurance policies so there shouldn’t be any additional costs.
What if we find the people unsuitable to stay in our home?
Contact our support team on the mobile 0412448333 and they take care of that for you.
Do we require a police check, and at whose cost?
Yes and we recommend you enquire through Veritas for $23 for a volunteer check. www.veritascheck.com.au
How often might my offered room be required?
Due to the unexpected nature of emergency healthcare, we really have no way of knowing in advance how often a room might be required. We will endeavour to spread the load between all of our generous hosts, so that no one person is unduly burdened.
What does ‘short notice’ mean?
Here at Rural Aid we understand that many of our hosts have significant commitments outside of our program. As a result we will ensure that our hosts have a minimum of three hours notice prior to the arrival of a rural family.
How many sheep in Australia?
The latest estimated number of sheep is 74 251 744 as at March 2014.
How many farmers are there in Australia?
The latest census has 32,123 farmers registered in Australia.
Do I need a working with children check to volunteer with BEAP?
Yes you do.
Since there is no national working with children check, you will need a valid one for each state you wish to volunteer in.
Information about these can be found on the relevant state government websites.
Do I need a National Police Check to volunteer for BEAP?
Yes you do.
If you don’t currently have one, you can apply here.
Can I choose which jobs to take?
Of course! You are free to choose the jobs which suit your availability and areas of expertise.
How long is each job?
Positions are generally 6 weeks long.
This is because the cost of travel across these vast distances is very high.
Jobs of less than 6 weeks may be considered if there is more than one family needing assistance in an area.
There is a job available, but there it isn’t within my teaching area. Should I apply anyway?
The purpose of this program is to match up volunteers with children and families in a way that gets the best outcomes for everyone.
Applying for a position which doesn’t fit within your experience can make this much more difficult.
Do I write the curriculum?
No. You will be supervising the assignments sent out by the Distance Education school, or assignments set by the parents in the case of home schooling.
There will normally be plenty of time for other fun, educational, activities.
If I want to bring my partner, what do they need to do?
If your partner will be travelling with you, they will need their own working with children and national police checks.
They will need to make their own application, so that we will have records of their details and checks.
Will I be reimbursed for travel costs?
We are able to reimburse some travel costs, however please contact us to negotiate an appropriate amount for the trip required.
What should I bring for the Volunteer Day?
Things you can bring with you on a trip:
- Water bottle
- Please wear a long sleeved shirt
What we will provide?
Rural Aid will provide you :
- Insect repellent
- First Aid Kit
Will I get any recognisation for this trip?
Yes, you will get participation certificate from Rural Aid
How can I register for this trip?
You can register on the given link : A Day on the Farm Registration
What different jobs I will be doing on this trip?
Fencing, Painting, Pruning, Plantation, Mulching etc.
Can I choose which jobs I want to do on this trip?
Of course! You can choose the jobs which suits your availability and area of expertise
Do I need to have Blue card to attend this trip?
If you already have Blue card than just fill your Blue Card number in the Registration form.
But if you don’t have Blue card then please follow below steps:
Do I need to go for Police check?
No ,you don’t need to have a Police Check.
Meal will be provided in the trip?
Yes, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
Are there any registration charges for this trip?
No, you won’t have to pay for this trip. All costs are covered by Rural Aid.
Do I need a medical insurance?
Rural Aid will provide you insurance.
What will be the meeting point for pick up on trip day?
To be advised.
Can my friends join in this trip?
Yes, your friends can join in for the trip. You can send invitation to your friends for this program.
For Inviting: Click Here
Your company can lend a hand for the land by sponsoring one or several of our programs. We provide a number of support programs across Australia, such as:
- Buy a Bale – Providing tangible resources to drought, flood and fire affected communities, such as stock feed, water, financial assistance and volunteers.
- Community Rescue – Providing restoration to help with the longevity and sustainability of farms and rural communities
- Gift of Music – Providing support for disadvantaged children and youth in rural and remote Australia, by supplying refurbished donated instruments to schools to add too or instigate music programs.
- Mental Health Counselling – Providing a free counselling service which supports rural communities across Australia with full time mental health counsellors on the ground.
Register your interest in sponsoring a community rescue trip, a counsellor, a hay drop or supplying instrument to children in rural communities below, and we’ll call you up to discuss your options and preferences.
You can either sponsor with a financial donation, or by providing an in-kind donation at the value of your choice.
Our former and current corporate sponsors and partners have seen incredible results from aligning with our brand, such as – increasing their sales by 215% over previous best ever campaign, customer engagement at record levels, in-store donations broken all previous records, just to name a few.
Many workplaces will have Workplace Giving options available, giving you the opportunity to deduct an amount you determine form your pre-tax pay to be donated to a charity of your choice. This can be an incredibly effective, low-cost funding model that can assist us enormously in helping the farming families of Australia.
Some companies will even match your donation, doubling the impact of your generosity. And if you make a donation directly from your pay, it’s tax free! Even the smallest amount can make a difference.
Speak to your employer about workplace giving and your options to make Rural Aid your charity of choice. You can also check if your workplace is signed up to the Good2Give platform, making workplace giving easy as ever!
Workplace fundraiser Get your staff and customers involved in Lending a Hand for the land by hosting a fundraising event in your office or workplace!
Below are some examples of what you can do, but you can also contact our fundraising team at email@example.com to brainstorm some new ideas.
- Gold Coin Day
Host a Gold Coin Day for our farmers. Turn your gold coins into hay for our drought-stricken famers. Host a lunch where you ask your staff to bring in a plate and a gold coin (or a fiver) to raise money for our farmers, have some fun and encourage your team to wear a flannel or an Akubra to help raise awareness for our farmers and rural communities.
- Truck Poster Fundraiser
Host a Truck Poster Fundraiser to see if your workplace can raise enough money to fill a full truck load of hay. Order our truck poster and stickers and for every $20 or $50 donation, you write the name of the donor / employee on the sticker and place it on the poster. Easy as!
- Donation Barrel
Order a Donation Barrel available for distribution across Australia to companies who would like to lend a hand for the land. Perfect for placement in your retail store, venue or outlet.
- Parma for a Farmer
Do you work for or manage a restaurant or pub? Our Parma for a Farmer is live and offers a way for your venue to encourage your customers and communiy to get involved and lend a hand for the land. Donate $1 from every parmy you sell during a period of time or a specific Parma for a Farmer event and raise money for our farmers.
There are several ways to get your staff engaged in lending a hand for the land. Corporate Volunteering with Rural Aid will be a whole new experience for your company and your team members. If you, like most organisations, are looking for CSR engagement and an opportunity for your staff to do something that achieves results and is a bit different, Rural Aid is your partner.
We’ve created a program that gives companies a fully immersed farm experience and helps our rural communities at the same time. We’ll take you and your team onto a farm within an hour or so of Brisbane or Sydney. We’ll organise transport to and from, meals and drinks, protective clothing if required and for longer trips, organise accommodation. We look after you completely from start to finish and your team will have an amazing day or week and create many lifelong memories.