Q: When do applications Open
OZ Venture applications open on the 1st of March 2020.
Q: What youth members can attend?
Youth members must be a member of Scouts Australia or a Scouting NSO and have had their 14th birthday by December 27th, 2020. They must be part of the Venturer Scout (or equivalent) section and be no older than 19 years of age. Youth members that are over 18 must hold a NSW WWCC (or equivalent) and complete the compulsory eLearning Modules for WHS & Child Safety.
Q: I’m a Rover / Leader, can I attend?
Adult members of registered Scouting NSOs may attend the event in different roles:
Activity Leader –
Responsible for running the various activities on offer at OZ Venture. These include the activities offered by the expeditions and the Core Camp.
Due to the set up and pack down times, typically leaders will only assist either an expedition or the Core Camp in this role.
The Branch Contingent Team will need to approve all applications to the event.
Line Leader –
Assigned into Units with Youth Members during the Expedition Phase and participates in activities offered by that expedition.
During the Core Phase, Line Leaders will continue to be part of the allocated Unit however they will be assigned activities that require supervision
Service Leader –
Assigned into an Expedition or the Core Phase, Service leaders are there to assist running the event and are not directly required to supervise. (Applications for Service Leaders will open on the 1/04/2020)
Q: What are the Dates of OZ Venture?
An OZ Venture experience can be from 8 to 13 days, depending on the expedition chosen.
Expeditions have different tenures. For 2021, the start dates range between 28 December 2020 through to 2 January 2021.
The Core Phase starts on the 5 January 2021 and ends on the 10 January 2021.
Q: Can Line Leaders / Youth Members attend the Core Component only?
For members of Scouts & Guides Australia, you must attend an expedition. For international members, this is possible.
With the flexible expedition options, Australian Leaders and Youth Members who were looking to only attend the core component are encouraged to choose a weekend expedition.
International members of Scouts do have the option to attend the Core only
Q: What is Included in that Cost?
At the time of registration, the cost will include:
- A Contingent fee
- Flights/transport from the capital city of the Contingent to the Expedition (if needed)
- Expedition inclusions + options
- Transport from the Expedition to the Core camp
- Door to Door Travel Insurance
- Core camp, Inc meals & activities
- Flights/Transport from Sydney Airport back to the capital city of the home Branch
Q: How will Payments Work?
Applicants will be presented with 2 payment options:
- Full payment upfront
- Progressive payments split in 4 instalments
- Payment 1: Payment of Contingent fees +10% (Due by May 2020)
- Payment 2: Payment of all Flights +10% (Due by July 2020)
- Payment 3: Payment of Expedition (Due by September 2020)
- Payment 4: Balance (Due by November 2020)
*Note Flights costs will only be locked in once that has been paid, Expeditions will only be guaranteed once 1st payment has been made.
Q: Do you have a Cancellation Policy?
Withdrawals Fees will apply as follows – excluding Airfares:
Written notification of withdrawal received by the Contingent, and approved:
- On or before 1st June 2020 $0.00
- Between 2nd June 2020 and 31 July 2020 inclusive $200.00 + 10% of Expedition Cost
- Between 1 August 2020 to 30 September 2020 inclusive $600.00 + 50% of Expedition Cost
- On or after 1 October 2020 No Refund
Q: Can I purchase extra Credits for Gold / Silver Bronze activities?
Yes, activity credits are $40 each. To keep it fair we have limited the purchase of extra credits to 8.
Q: Do Line leaders / Rovers get allocated credits?
No, we will need Adult supervision on most of the activities and that supervision is allocated on a preferential based system.
Q: Can I purchase my own flights to OZ Venture?
With child safety our number 1 priority, participants must fly on the designated flights through our application system.
Q: Why have you not included Airlines like Jetstar or Tiger for cheaper prices?
As you can imaging moving 1,500+ people around Australia is no easy task, and the last thing we want is for your flight to be delayed or even worse cancelled.
We have partnered with airlines that are reliable with a low cancellation rate (https://www.bitre.gov.au/statistics/aviation/otp_annual).
We understand that this means there may be cheaper options but getting you to your destination is our top priority.
Q: I can purchase a flight on the same flight for cheaper, why should I purchase yours?
The OZ Venture price also includes the cost of transfers & Insurance, so it is a bundled price and not just the cost of your airline ticket.
With respect to ticket prices, if you have booked a flight online you would know that there are usually a few Economy Ticket options.
The Red e-Deal/Getaway fairs are typically restrictive and cost money to change once booked whereas the Flex/Freedom options are quite flexible but can be up to 3 x the sale price of e-Deal/Getaway fairs.
The OZ Venture team have negotiated terms close to the Flex/Freedom fairs and this is important to keep in mind when comparing prices.