Branch and National Activities

The Editors Victoria online Freelance Register closed on 1 January, so all searches must now go through the Editors Directory on the IPEd website. If you have an entry in the directory, now would be a good time to check that you have completed as much information as you can, and update if necessary (you can log in and do this yourself).

The full Victorian branch committee met on Tuesday 23 January at the Wheeler Centre. The discussion, ably managed by Acting President Mary-Jo O’Rourke, covered events, communication, professional development, training, IPEd committees, budget and member engagement.

We discussed:

  • organisation for the 2019 Melbourne conference, for which the call has recently gone out for a convenor and committee members
  • moving Editors Victoria’s branding to match that of IPEd at a national level, to make it clear to all that we are a state branch of the national body. We’ll start by working with a designer to change our logo to IPEd colours and include a mention of IPEd. Long-term we’d like to integrate our content into the IPEd website
  • moving to a new newsletter design (mobile-friendly, yay!) when we have our new logo and colours, and sending from within our membership and event system (MEMNET), which will save the branch money
  • the new arrangements for branch meetings at CQ, which should allow for plenty of networking and good catering yet keep fees reasonable (come along to the next event on 22 February to see the new format)
  • buying our own sound equipment rather than spending hundreds of dollars each time to rent microphones (we’ll also be able to use it in training courses)
  • progress towards the accreditation exam, with both information and training events planned
  • training for the first half of the year, as already announced, and plans for training courses in the second half
  • the IPEd Standing Committee on Professional Development, which our professional development officer, Maryna Mews, will join as our state representative
  • the IPEd Communications Working Party, on which Margie Beilharz is the state representative. Melanie Sheridan, IPEd communication officer, has just set up a communication portal for the state reps
  • how to increase the engagement of members. Next month we’ll elaborate on some of our ideas.

 We’re always keen to hear from you, the members, so please send your comments or ideas to one of the committee or to our admin officer, Nicole Mathers, at