Leadership in Rabbit Control Course

A warren ripping demonstration during the 2018 course.

Date: 31 March – 3 April 2019

Location: Neds Corner Station, Meringur (Mallee region, approx. 1 hour west of Mildura)

What is the Leadership in Rabbit Control Course?

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network’s Leadership in Rabbit Control Course for 2019 is open to all Victorians currently involved in the management of rabbits on private or public land.

The Leadership in Rabbit Control Course is a mentor course that is delivered over 2.5 days, with classroom and practical field-based training. Following the intensive training, participants will be offered the opportunity to form a group or ‘Learning Network’ who can meet, share ideas and discuss rabbit management.

Twenty positions are available for the 2019 course. VRAN encourage diversity in our Leadership in Rabbit Control Course and want people with a range of perspectives and experiences to be involved. VRAN are seeking a balance of representation by gender, industry, regions, community groups, Traditional Owners, land managers, government agencies and other professionals. Participants must be over 18 years of age and based in Victoria.

Participants will also be eligible to apply for a $1000 Community Action Grant to support their local rabbit management efforts.

Why should I apply?

  1. Hear from the best thinkers and leaders in Victoria on rabbit management
  2. Get refreshed and motivated to tackle the challenge of rabbit control
  3. Meet people that work in the same field and get inspired
  4. Make difference in your community
  5. It’s free.

Find out what previous course participants got out of the program.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form and return it by 5 pm, Friday 1 March.

What’s involved?

The course will be delivered over two and half days, with a mix of classroom and practical field- based training. Participants will have the option to join subsequent Learning Network field trips and meetings. Find out more about the program and learning networks.


Most participants will be travelling great distances to join us at this course. March can be a typically a hot time of year and daylight savings make our spotlighting sessions later in the evening.

We take OH&S seriously, so we would like participants to arrive on Sunday afternoon for an early morning start on Monday and leave Wednesday morning. Accommodation for the course is provided at no cost, from Sunday night through til Wednesday morning.

Start time: from 4:30 pm Sunday 1 March. The formal part of the course will start at 6 pm.

Finish time: the formal part of the course will conclude at 5:30 pm, Tuesday 2 April, with a social dinner that night. Accommodation is provided for Tuesday night.

Recommended departure: morning of Wednesday 3 April

Who is facilitating the course?

The course will be facilitated by our VRAN mentors who are recognised experts in rabbit management and community-led action. As a group, they provide expertise and insights from community, industry and government perspectives. They will be supported by co-facilitators with diverse experience in community engagement and invasive species management from around Australia, across a range of sectors and organisations.

What does it cost?

No cost.

If you are a community member all costs associated with the course, including meals and accommodation, will be paid on your behalf. We will also reimburse you for your travel expenses. The course is also free for participants from local government, Catchment Management Authorities, water, road and rail authorities, however we ask that you or your organisation cover your travel costs to and from the course.

What is the $1,000 Community Action Grant?

Successful participants in the course will be eligible to apply for a $1,000 VRAN Community Action Grant to assist you in raising awareness and building capacity in your community. Conditions will apply, and details will be available to successful applicants.

What is VRAN?

VRAN was established to promote community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria. Find out more about what VRAN does.

Where can I get more information?

If you have any further questions regarding the Leadership in Rabbit Control Course, or how to complete the Application Form, please contact the course coordinator Heidi Kleinert: Heidi.kleinert@ecodev.vic.gov.au or 0472 877 472.

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