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Executive Assistant to the Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

Position Description

The focus of this position is to provide proactive administrative and secretarial support to the Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW. You will be working as part of a small executive support team to deliver quality administrative services.
Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide secretarial and administrative support to the Chief Commissioner
  • Manage phone enquiries, maintain diary, and arrange meetings /appointments on behalf of the Chief Commissioner
  • Communicate and generate correspondence with members of the organisation as required
  • Coordinate meetings, events and travel as required
  • Prepare agendas and take minutes for the meetings of the Chief Commissioner
  • To preparing expenses for the senior leadership team
  • Provide executive support to other events organised or attended by the Chief Commissioner

Selection Criteria

  • Be enthusiastic, driven and a team player
  • Be a confident communicator - have a clear phone manner and excellent written skills
  • Enjoy building relationships and going above and beyond
  • Be organised, be able to prioritise your workload and have high attention to detail
  • Have an interest in the Not for Profit sector, a background in Scouting would be advantageous
  • Intermediate - Advanced Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills - please be advised that testing will be required

To Apply

For more information about Scouts Australia NSW please visit

Applicants should send a covering letter outlining how your administration/events experience, skills and attributes would be a good match along with an updated resume to Rhonda Newman at Beaumont People by clicking here.

There is no closing date for this role, please apply as soon as possible as all applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

The Culture Steering Committee and Working Groups Print E-mail

The Culture Steering Committee has been confirmed as: Bel Francis (DCC – Growth, Strategies and Group Support), Elston Hynd (National Commissioner Adult Training and Development), Deborah Howlett (Chairperson - Greater Western Sydney Region) and Michael Pratt (Leader - Hunter and Coastal).

This group of considered, experienced people will lead some excellent decisions and set the direction for the new positive and enabling culture for Scouts NSW. The Steering Committee will drive the Culture Taskforce, which involves two Working Groups: the first will focus on organisational culture, the other will focus on cultural diversity and inclusion.

Organisational Culture Working Group

This Group will focus on investigating and identifying areas within the organisational culture of Scouts NSW which impact our cultural goal, and will prioritise actions or initiatives to support the implementation of changes. Its role is to investigate the elements of our culture and provide recommendations to the Steering Committee for how we can develop our positive and enabling culture for our membership.

It will focus on: language and communication, health and wellbeing, flexibility and work-life balance, behaviour and courtesies, relationships between uniformed members and with non-uniformed members, open door policies, operating rhythm, values and ideals, team charters, and traditions and ceremonies.

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

To successfully increase our diversity and be more inclusive, we must prioritise how we reach out to and welcome new members from the many diverse groups in NSW, and, most importantly, how we make sure Scouts NSW is ready and capable of responding the needs of current and new diverse groups. To assist us to do this, we have re-formed the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Working Group so that their focus will be to consider, prioritise and advise the Culture Steering Committee on all elements of diversity and inclusion.

The D&I Working Group will focus on: faith and spirituality, multiculturalism, disability and accessibility, mental health, gender, family and domestic violence, indigenous, sexuality diverse, special diets and intolerances, transgender and intersex, generational and mature age, financial challenges, single parent families, non-English speaking, homeless and between homes, and migrant and new Australians.

Congratulations to our New State Commissioners Print E-mail

I’m pleased to share some more appointments to our State team. Congratulations to all of our new State Commissioners. Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles.

State Commissioner (Group Support Strategies) - Dean Bassett

How we support our Groups – especially in this the Year of the Group and the Group Leader – is so critical to our success in retaining and recruiting both youth and adult members in Scouts NSW. I am pleased to announce that our new State Commissioner (Group Support Strategies) comes to the position with deep experience in Scouting, starting from the age of 9. Please join me in congratulating Dean Bassett on his new position. In his own words, Dean is a “classic welded on member of Scouts” and has been an active part of Scouting for 46 years. Most recently as District Commissioner (Benowie), Dean has demonstrated outstanding skills in supporting the growth and recovery of Groups, and in mentoring and guiding Group Leaders.

State Commissioner (Communications and Marketing) - Anthea Cudworth

I’m delighted to announce Anthea Cudworth as our newly appointed State Commissioner (Communications and Marketing). Anthea has front line experience in Scouting and joins us from the very successful and active 1st Balmain Scout Group. Anthea is an accomplished professional with a deep background in communications, marketing and change management, and a long history with the Scouting (and Guiding) movement. Culturally, Anthea is a wonderful fit for our team - she is energetic, insightful, considered and incredibly positive. Her focus will be to work with you and alongside the State Office team to review how we communicate in an open and transparent way, supporting our new culture, and enhancing how we promote our Scouts NSW brand broadly and locally.

State Commissioner (Community Liaison, Diversity and Inclusion) - John Pestana

The importance of how Scouts NSW grows in the community and how we increase our membership to include youth and adults from the great diversity across NSW has resulted in us combining a focus on community liaison with an equal focus on diversity and inclusion. I’m pleased to publicly congratulate John Pestana on his new expanded position of State Commissioner (Community Liaison, Diversity and Inclusion). John has been a member of Scouting for more than 51 years – in Singapore and Australia – and has held positions at many levels in Scouting. In his previous role of Branch Commissioner (Community Liaison), John successfully developed some important relationships for Scouts NSW with different cultural communities and most recently facilitated the investment of new youth members from the Buddhist Light International Association. John’s focus will include the growth of our footprint in the many multicultural communities across NSW, and he will work with the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

State Commissioner (Environment) - Mitchell Hodgson

Mitchell Hodgson joins our team with strong environmental credentials including a Bachelor of Environment Science majoring in Biology with 1st Class Honours and is pursuing his PhD working on lizard thermal biology and its role in global conversation. As a Youth Member in Scouting, Mitchell achieved his Grey Wolf, Australian Scout Medallion and Queens Scout Awards, was involved in YACS, Youth Environment Team, and a range of other Scouting councils and teams. There is plenty ahead in this role for Mitchell as he brings the Environment subject into focus to assist with Section Programming and furthering the awareness of the environment we live in.

State Commissioner (Special Needs) - Mark Burfield

Mark Burfield has been working in the area of Special Needs within Scouts NSW since 2008 and has led the State Team since 2011. Mark has previously been actively involved in the running of Special Needs Conferences, Agoonorees and supporting the State’s Special Needs Groups. Mark recently ran a very successful Special Needs Conference, which I was delighted to join and hear first-hand how many of our Groups are embracing opportunities to include young people with additional needs. Mark now has the challenge to bring supporting knowledge and know-how to Groups so they are equipped to support our Youth who have special needs, in all aspects of Scouting.

State Commissioner (Creative Arts) - Michael de Beer

Michael de Beer joined Scouts as a Cub with 1st Waitara in 1994 and followed all the Sections right through to Rovers. As a Rover, Michael was also a young Leader in the Scout Section during which time he attended three Jamborees and two Cuborees. Over recent years Michael has been the Producer of the Hornsby Gangshow. The Creative Arts arena is diverse and brings many opportunities to our Youth Members to gain skills, enhance personal confidence, develop careers, and generally experience life from a creative perspective, which Michael is ready to enable!

Assistant State Commissioner (Heritage) - Joe Attard

Joe Attard joined Scouts as an Assistant Venturer Leader with 2nd Canterbury in 1982, transferred to the Cub Section in 1991 before becoming a District Cub Leader in 2003. He was a Regional Commissioner (International) prior to his Assistant State Commissioner (Heritage) appointment in 2009. Joe was reappointed in this role in 2017. Joe brings enormous passion and a wealth of knowledge to enhance the display of materials from our Heritage for everyone across the movement to explore. We are very proud of our extraordinary history in NSW, and our legacy is a valued commodity. We’re delighted Joe can share stories and artefacts for both Scout members and the wider community, enhancing our reputation and our reinforcing the value Scouts has brought to Australians from all walks of life for so long.

State Commissioner, Vocational Education and training (VET) - Ryan Beeby

Ryan Beeby joins NSW from Scouts Victoria having started his Scouting journey as a youth member. He has extensive experience in Rovers, including roles with the National Rover Council. Ryan gained his Wood Badge in 2010, and has been heavily involved in training and development of Leaders in both States, including roles as a PLA, course presenter and course manager. Ryan’s adventurous activities interests include Air Activities, Water Activities, Bushwalking, Abseiling, caving and canyoning.

State Commissioner, Major Events - Michael Wright

Michael Wright started in Scouts in 1989 as a Leader with 1st East Hills Group. Since then, he has participated in, and held Leadership roles for a variety of major events including the 12th Australian Venture in 2003, Australian Jamborees in 2010 and 2016 at a Deputy Director and Director level, and most recently the 6th NSW Cuboree in 2017. Michael brings enthusiasm and passion for the new role, and will play a leading part in developing the Major Events capabilities and leadership in NSW over the coming years.

1st Canley Heights celebrates 25 years of Scouting Print E-mail

On Saturday 26 August, the Liên Đoàn Văn Lang - 1st Canley Heights Scouts Group celebrated its 25th birthday.  

Impressive musical performances from Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Leaders and parent supporters entertained the crowd of more than 300 guests. The highlight of the night was a one-of-a-kind Vietnamese rap song that described the history of Vietnamese scouting and the importance of respect and care. 

The Scout Hall hosted a magnificent display of the Group's history through photographs, plaques and memorabilia from across NSW and around the world. The collection was increased on the night as woodbadges were presented to Minh-Man Pham (Cub Scout Leader) and To Loan Huynh (Assistant CSL). 

The audience included many former leaders and supporters, along with Neville Tomkins (Chief Commissioner, Scouts NSW), Sue Bartlett (Regional Commissioner, Hume) and Belinda Francis (Deputy Chief Commissioner – Growth, Strategies and Group Support).

The organisation of this celebratory event was part of Vienna Wong's Australian Scout Medallion project, supported by Venturers Sharon Nguyen and Anh Nguyen who were the MCs for the night. A real youth led, adult supported effort.

The Chief Commissioner congratulated 1st Canley Heights on its excellent youth program, noting how Vietnamese scouting is an integral part of the rich fabric of diversity of our scouting community across NSW. 

Scouts Get Active in 2018 Print E-mail

Scouts NSW will be an eligible provider of the Active Kids Rebate Program announced by the NSW Government as part of its 2017-18 budget this year.

From 1 January 2018, families with children in Scouts from Kindy to Year 12 can apply on-line for a $100 voucher per child per year to go towards Membership Fees.  The program will continue for the next four years.  What a great way to start the Scout year!

“Participation in Scouting leads to a lifelong love affair with the outdoors and an active lifestyle. Many former Scouts continue to enjoy outdoor activities such as bushwalking, canyoning, abseiling and canoeing.  This program will support many of our families across NSW and I am delighted that we will be an eligible provider,” said Neville Tomkins OAM JP Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner”

“Scouting unlocks the inner adventure in young people and gets them outside to explore fun, healthy activities. This voucher program will help reduce the financial burden on families who want their children to enjoy the Scout program, ” said Scouts NSW CEO Andrew Smith AM

Scouts NSW is working closely with the Office of Sport on the most effective way to implement the program and integrate it as seamlessly as possible so that Scouts families can redeem their vouchers easily.

The NSW Government expects to finalise details of how the scheme will operate by November and Scouts NSW will inform Groups as soon as that information becomes available.

You can also find out more by visiting the NSW Government’s Active Kids website

Casino Country Air Activity weekend a hit with local Scouts Print E-mail
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In June, 90 Scouts from troops as far away as Narrabri and Inverell in north-western NSW, as well as a sweep of the Northern Rivers region, descended on the town of Casino for a weekend of aviation activities.

The Scouts arrived at the local Casino Aero Club bright and early on Saturday morning, where they were given a safety briefing by the Air Activity Centre team before beginning their schedule of activities, including a guided tour of the modern facilities, a briefing on different RA-Aus aircraft, flying demonstrations by the local powered-parachute group and a Badge Course Presentation, where they were introduced to the exciting world of aviation. Each of the Scouts had the opportunity to sit in on an activity flight over Casino, where they listened to their pilot communicate with the control tower and went on a scenic journey above the surrounding landscape.

Thank you to the team and pilots at the Air Activities Centre for bringing the wonders and joys of flight to Scouts across the state. A special mention to Rolf Cetinski, Country Activities Coordinator for organising and facilitating the entire event. Many thanks also to the various Scout leaders right across the Northern Districts who hosted the Air Activities Centre team for the weekend.

Congratulations to all Queen’s Scout Award recipients! Print E-mail

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On 5 August, 34 youth members of Scouts NSW were presented with their Queen’s Scout Awards at the 132nd Queen’s Scout Award Presentation at NSW Government House. A big BRAVO to all awardees, and thanks to the Leaders, Units and Parents who have all helped them along the way to complete this prestigious award.

State Rally 2017 Print E-mail

Another successful State Rally took place this weekend. Over 1000 Scouts supported by 82 Venturers and 254 Leaders enjoyed the annual event. This year’s theme was This Has Been Another Scout Production. There were lots of creative activities that engaged the Patrols. Thanks to all of the Leaders for your energy and enthusiasm in making this event possible.

Congratulations to the winning patrols:

1st Place Nap Time, 1st Turramurra
2nd Place Wot, 3rd Orange
3rd Place The Lost Boys, 1st Wagga Wagga



State Rally 2017 top three Patrols with Neville Tomkins OAM JP, Chief Commissioner (NSW Branch)

and Chris Buggie, State Commissioner (Scouts)

Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in Scone Print E-mail


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1st Scone is celebrating 100 years of Scouting this September, and are inviting all current and previous members to come along and join in the festivities.

Celebration Function

Saturday 9 September 2017, 10am
Where: Scone Scout Hall - Main Street, Scone
Parking: We ask current members and families to park at the Shire Council Chambers. If you require a carpark close to the hall, please email Greg Morris on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
RSVP to Donna Hopkins (Group Leader) on 0448 736 903

Reunion Dinner

Saturday 9 September 2017, 6pm
Where: Scone RSL Club (upstairs function room) - 71 Guernsey Street, Scone
Dress: Semi-formal
Cost: $35 pp plus drinks
RSVP to Angela Westbury (Group Secretary) by 26 August on 0438 721 776

Centenary Church Service

Sunday 10 September 2017, 9am
Where: St Andrew’s Uniting Church - Cnr Main and Kingdon Streets, Scone
Dress: Full uniform (members)
Contact: Greg Morris (Scout Leader) on 6545 3176 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Agoonoree on the Move Print E-mail

When: Friday 22 September - Monday 25 September 2017
Where: Mt Keira Scout Camp
Cost: $120 for youth participants, $100 for adult helpers. Pricing for part-timers available on application.

Agoonoree on the Move 2017 is a camp is open to ALL Scouts (and Guides) in ALL Sections, especially Scouts with special/ additional support needs, and helpers (Leaders, Scout Fellowship members, Rovers, Venturers, parents and carers). Cubs can attend if accompanied by a leader or parent/guardian, and Joeys if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

People unable to attend the whole camp are encouraged to attend the On-Site Visitors' Day (Saturday 23 September) or Off-Site Day to Wollongong Science Centre & Planetarium and Illawarra Live Steamers (Sunday 24 September) - see separate E1 forms - or attend both (and if required, camp overnight on Saturday). 

Click the links below to fill in your Activity Nomination (E1) form.

Applications close Friday 1 September.

For more information or to submit your application, contact Mark Burfield (State Commissioner, Special Needs) on 0425 236 617.


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