Did you know….

LSV have delivered more than 35 governance training courses and programs, upskilling over 550 community leaders in governance since July 2019.

The courses range from specifically tailored sessions for our life saving club boards and committees, to half day sessions for people wanting a more detailed look at governance at LSV.

Topics covered include key not-for-profit governance principles, such as those set out in Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) governance standards, director duties (and debunking the myth that that ‘volunteers are immune’), as well as helping our community leaders better understand how they and their teams contribute to LSV achieving its overall mission: To prevent aquatic related death and injury in all Victorian communities.

Some quick additional governance facts:

  • LSV is the peak water safety body in Victoria.LSV was formed in 2002 when the Royal Life Saving Society Australia Victoria Branch and Surf life Saving Victoria came together. This is different to other states, where their Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving equivalents remain as separate organisations.
  • LSV and each of our 57 affiliated life saving clubs are all separate legal entities with their own governing boards/committees. LSV is incorporated under the national Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), whereas each of our clubs are incorporated under the state Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2021 (Vic).
  • The majority of our 57 life saving clubs are also charities registered with the ACNC.
  • In addition to our 57 clubs, LSV is also a recognised agency of Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and has specified roles and responsibilities under the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP). LSV also works with more than 3000 program partners across the state to deliver lifesaving services, water safety education and drowning prevention programs.
  • LSV itself has a complex governance structure, comprising a volunteer board, five board committees (plus sub-committees), five councils (each of whom have their own council executives, and numerous panels).

The “Did you know…” section of E-News aims to help our members understand the broader governance framework and other governance initiatives conducted by LSV. Having best practice governance tailored towards our volunteers, social enterprise and emergency service operations is a core pillar and enabler to LSV’s mission to prevent aquatic-related death and injury in all Victorian communities. Please contact governance@lsv.com.au for further information.

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