Stronger Fishing Clubs - Defibrillator grants program

The Government's Target One Million plan to get more Victorian's fishing more often includes a Defibrillators for Fishing Clubs program. As a part of the Stronger Fishing Club grants program, eligible angling clubs will be provided an opportunity to acquire an automated external defibrillator (also known as AED). Round 2 is currently open. All clubs in existence since 1 January 2015 are encouraged to apply.

Defibrillators are an important piece of emergency equipment that can significantly improve survival rates from a sudden cardiac arrest and are a vital resource in developing safe and resilient communities.

All successful recipients will receive a 'defibrillator package'. The package includes a high quality defibrillator, basic defibrillator and first aid training, and five years of essential maintenance. This package will be provided by a qualified contractor engaged by The Victorian Fisheries Authority.

Developing a successful application

In order to be successful, an application needs to demonstrate the applicants need for a defibrillator. A strong application will have considered the defibrillators installation location and required training component prior to submission.

How to apply

  1. Please read the Stronger Fishing Club – Defibrillators for Fishing Clubs grants program Conditions and Guidelines prior to submitting your application.
  2. Then use the online application form to apply for a Stronger Fishing Clubs grant.

For further information, to discuss a potential project or for assistance with an application please email improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au or call Richard Rogala on 03 8392 6872.

Conditions and guidelines

In 2014 the Victorian Government committed funding to improve recreational fishing opportunities for Victorian anglers through their Target One Million recreational fishing program.

This commitment is being delivered through a range of programs including the 'Defibrillators for Fishing Clubs' initiative, which assists clubs to be more capable and better equipped to respond to medical emergencies.

Defibrillators are an important piece of emergency equipment that can significantly improve survival rates from a sudden cardiac arrest and are a vital resource in developing safe and resilient communities.

The 'Defibrillators for Fishing Clubs' Program will provide Victorian fishing clubs with the opportunity to acquire an automated external defibrillator (also known as an 'AED') for their club or facility.

The package will include a Philips HeartStart FRx defibrillator, basic defibrillator and First Aid training and five years of essential defibrillator consumables (batteries and pads).

Part A: guidelines, conditions and eligibility

  • Defibrillator packages will only be made available to incorporated Victorian recreational fishing clubs/associations. Packages will not be made available to individuals or unincorporated bodies/associations.
  • Eligible clubs/associations will need to hold a minimum of $20,000,000 public liability cover, and provide a Certificate of Currency from their insurance company to demonstrate this.
  • Clubs sharing a community facility which currently has a defibrillator located in the building are still eligible to apply, provided that the defibrillator is intended to be made available at club activities located away from the venue.
  • Successful applicants must be able to provide an easily accessible location for installation of the defibrillator wall mounting bracket and have permission from the facility owner to do so.
  • Eligible groups must have satisfactorily completed the reporting requirements of any grants received from DEDJTR, or have an agreed plan in place at the time of application.
  • The 'Defibrillators for Fishing Clubs' program opened in May 2017.

Part B: application and assessment process

Only applications submitted in the prescribed format will be accepted.

All eligible applications will be assessed by an assessment panel.  The assessment panel will consist of internal The Victorian Fisheries Authority staff members and a staff member from within the broader division. All communications regarding an application or related matter should be referred to The Victorian Fisheries Authority -Target One Million team on (03) 8392 6872.

Following approval, applicants will be informed of the success or otherwise. There is no right of appeal in respect to any decision made.

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Enter into a Funding Agreement, acknowledging the clubs ongoing responsibility for the maintenance of the defibrillator and ensuring that the defibrillator has an eight year working life (note that five years of essential maintenance will be provided as part of the package and the defibrillator will have a manufacturer's warranty of eight years)
  • Identify a suitable location for installation of the wall mounting bracket and seek consent from the facility owner to install. (Installation is provided as part of the package.)
  • Nominate a minimum of 5 and maximum of 25 club members to undertake the first aid training introduction course, learning how to safely operate a defibrillator in an emergency.
  • Ensure the clubs public liability insurance covers volunteer use of a defibrillator in the event of an emergency.
  • Develop a log book to identify the defibrillator location when removed from its wall mount (i.e. when taken to a club event).
  • Submit a Final Report within 60 days of receiving the defibrillator and training.
  • Recipients are encouraged to register the defibrillator on the Ambulance Victoria website (registration details provided to Ambulance Victoria will include your club's contact information. More information is available at the Ambulance Victoria website.

Part C: criteria for selection

  • Successful applicants must complete the prescribed application form
  • Successful applicants must be an incorporated Victorian recreational fishing club/association.
  • Successful applicants should be able to identify a suitable location and intended use of the defibrillator.

Any questions regarding 'Defibrillators for Fishing Clubs' Program should be directed to The Victorian Fisheries Authority - Target One Million team on (03) 8392 6872.