Education and Training

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Rakali offers a range of Education and Training EVENTS and SERVICES.

Wetland Plant Identification Course

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Wetland Plant Identification Course 2018 Flyer




Education and Training Services include:

  • Deliver training and/or field days.  Topics include:Waterwatch-Forest-Forever
    • Ecology and management of terrestrial, riparian and wetland ecosystem
    • Plant ecology and identification, conservation management
    • Ecological monitoring and management planning
    • Fauna habitat requirements
    • Monitoring techniques
    • Unsealed road management and roadside vegetation management
  • Deliver customised training for groups and organisations
    • Develop training needs analysis and gap analysis to identify training needs.
    • Develop and deliver customised training program
  • Develop education materials, pamphlets, posters etc.

Previous Education and Training Projects

Developed and delivered training events

Delivered training at numerous events including:

  • Rakali’s annual ‘Wetland Plant Identification Course‘ and ‘Lowland Wetland Ecology Course‘ since 2014.
  • Annual Floodplain Ecology Course annually for Goulburn Broken CMN since 2014.
  • Greening Australia Victoria’s courses over many years i.e. wetland ecology course and plant identification courses.
  • Wetland Tours for North Central CMA, GBCMA, MW etc.
  • Presentations at numerous conferences.

Developed and delivered training events involving training needs analysis, gap analysis, marketing and promotion of events:

  • Developed and delivered Rakali’s annual ‘Lowland Wetland Ecology Course’ ( (overall evaluation of 4.7 out of 5) courses since 2014 and ‘Wetland Plant Identification Course’ since 2015.
  • Facilitated, managed and developed Greening Australia Victoria’s environmental training programs with over 700 participants per annum with an overall course evaluation in 2002 to 2004 of 4.4 out of 5.
  • Facilitated and upgraded the Habitat conservation and Management course from 2001 – 2004.  This is still running.
  • Developed, managed and delivered Environmental Road construction training to VicRoads and Local government (over 30 events to 700 participants) throughout Victoria 2002 to 2004.

Gap analysis and development of tools and training

Training alone is often limited to achieve best practice in the workplace.  It is often necessary to determine the gap between current work activity and best practice (gap analysis).  The gap can be lack of procedures, a training need, realigning corporate priorities and funding etc.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Roadside Conservation Compliance Report (2014)

Mount Alexander Shire commissioned Rakali to carry out a training needs analysis and gap analysis on Best Practice Roadside Management.  After interviewing staff and analysing processes and systems we developed a program to bridge the knowledge and practice gap.  Outcomes included:

– Clearly articulate Best Practice Roadside and Road Management principles and practices in all relevant shire documents ie in relation to staff induction, planning permits, shire strategies and policies.

– Incorporate Roadside best practice management into training for all staff.  Developed training program for depot, planning and engineering staff.

– Adapt road audit process and link to funding.

– Developed posters, tools, procedures and Standard Operating Procedures for unsealed road management, slashing and drain construction and maintenance.

Brochures and Signage

‘Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands: Identification and Management Handbook’(2015)  [Goulburn Broken CMA]SHW-guide

In publication.  Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands are critically endangered under the national environmental legislation (the EPBC Act).  Many councils aim to protect those that are left.  This involves educating staff and community on what they are, where they occur and how to identify and manage them.  Rakali developed this booklet to assist in this process.

Lake Bartlett Signage (2009) [City of Greater Shepparton Shire Council]


Organised and Facilitated Conferences

“Toolkit for the Environment” Conference and Program from 2001 – 2004 [Greening Australia Victoria]

Developed and ran Greening Australia’s “Toolkit for the Environment’ conferences from 2001 – 2004 (for around 250 teachers and environmental organisations).


Delivered Accredited training

Developed and delivered Diploma and Certificates IV in Conservation and Land Management at Bendigo and Chisholm Institute (Rosebud and Cranbourne) Regional Institute of TAFE from 2006 – 2011.  Subjects included Monitoring Biodiversity, Sustainable River Management, Environmental Issues, Pest Management.

Program Managed the Sustainable Management of Rivers at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE.

Developed and coordinated the Cert II in Conservation and Land Management for GAV’s Green Corps teams across the state and nationally, 2002 – 2004.

Delivered the Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management at TAFE, 2001.