BGANZ Membership Benefits 2016 -17
Welcome to BGANZ.
BGANZ aims to provide a variety of opportunities for professional networking, development and communication, both formal and informal.
BGANZ Benefits include:
Magazine – THE BOTANIC GARDENer – 3 issues per year
All members receive our magazine THE BOTANIC GARDENer, by email or electronically through our website, 3 times a year (March, July, and November). Generally there is a main theme for each issue and contributions are welcome. Please note not all articles have to relate to the theme. Deadlines are generally a month before publication.
Networking, training and development opportunities
The greatest membership benefit for BGANZ members is the networking with other Botanic Gardens (BG), with the opportunity to learn from the experience of others, and have access to a wide variety of shared knowledge and resources. In 2016 BGANZ has a professional development program, mainly organised through regional group events, with all members encouraged to attend their nearest event. See website for details
- Biennial Congresses
BGANZ where possible provides attendance grants and reduced registration fees. The Congresses provide wonderful networking opportunities, technical and other information updates and the opportunity to hear about the latest big picture issues relevant to gardens. The next BGANZ congress will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, October, 2017. Start planning! It will be an exciting source of inspiration for all our members.
- Regional Conferences
Regional Conferences provide a regional focused networking opportunity as well as the opportunity to hear about local and regional issues relevant to gardens. BGANZ Members pay a lower registration fee than non-members. All the Regional Conferences, are held in non congress years, 2016 will be the next, and details for BGANZ Vic, BGANZQ and BGANZ NSW are now listed on the Website. (as of 21 July 2016)
- Regional Groups
Each of the four regional groups (NSW, Vic, QLD, and NZ) has a website tab where the Coordinators for the four Regional Groups can directly post their upcoming events and any relevant regional/local information at. We are aiming to further improve the website in 2016/17
- Weekly/Monthly news updates, including all Vacancies.
Approximately once a month (or as required) an informal update of news is also circulated via email to all members, particularly if the next newsletter is still some time away. The news may include information on upcoming job vacancies (Australia/Overseas), conferences, courses and other events, invitations to comment on draft documents and other relevant material.
There is also an opportunity for the Executive Officer to send other broadcast emails to Members, to ask a question, seek advice or seek a connection to some expertise.
- Professional Networks
BGANZ has are several professional groups that have been set up for the benefit of BGANZ members:
Botanic Gardens Records Officers Network (BRON)
This network was promoted for the first time in the newsletter The Botanic Garden of July 2010. The network aims to increase communication and information and experience sharing between botanic gardens about plant records keeping, assist with the development of standards and best practice and support staff training where appropriate.
Botanic Gardens Education Network Australia and New Zealand (BGEN)
An interim steering committee of Education and Public Programs Managers from around Australia is working towards a professional framework for BG staff working in the areas of education, interpretation, visitor/public programs, adult learning, and outreach and community engagement. This will be an online forum where we can ask each other questions, share our experiences, solve problems together and swap resources. Check the BGANZ website for further details and how to join BRON and/or BGEN.
Training and Development
A Professional Development group provides outstanding programs and opportunities for your development. BGANZ supports this program through the Membership Fees and Contributions.
Awards and Secondments
Our Executive Officer is Eamonn Flanagan.