Ranger Tools

The TSRA Land and Sea Management Unit (LSMU) was established in 2006 to drive community-based delivery of land and sea natural resource management (NRM) programs in the Torres Strait region. In 2017, it has grown to a large program including 14 Ranger groups (about 49 Ranger positions) in 14 communities across the region. The management and support team consists of about a further 30 staff mostly working out of the Thursday Island office.

The vision for Torres Strait land and sea management is: Empowering Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal peoples to sustainably manage and benefit from their land, sea and cultural resources into the future, in accordance with Ailan Kastom, Aboriginal Lore/Law and native title rights and interests.

This Ranger Tools page provides Rangers and managers with easy access to the electronic tools they need to do their job safely and in line with government policies and community expectations.

Safety at work

Safety at work is not only important in returning home safely to family and without damaging incidents, it is the law. We all have a duty of care to ensure we work safely.

The LSMU Work Health and Safety Guidelines outline how WH&S is managed within the LSMU. The document includes forms and templates such as the Safety Briefing and Safe Work Procedures on equipment operation and chemical handling and application.

LSMU safety tools:

  • LSMU Work Health and Safety Guidelines*
  • LSMU Remote areas safe operations policies*
  • Workplace inspection report forms – workshop and office*
  • TSRA incident report form
  • Workplace health and safety meetings – agendas and minutes*

* This link is yet to be provided and will be updated when the information becomes available.

The TSRA Human Resources team maintain an agency-wide system for work place health and safety in accordance with state and commonwealth laws.

Go to the TSRA Workplace Health intranet page for resources and information relating to health and safety at work, including the WHS Safety Management System and incident report forms.

Safe Maritime Operations

Safe maritime operations are part of safety at work but because it is such a large part of LSMU operations, its safety tools a contained here separately.

LSMU safe maritime operations tools:

  • Vessel Safety Management System*
  • Vessel maintenance information*
  • Vessel Log Book and Pre-start Checklist*
  • Maritime Training Manual*
  • Maritime Memory Aid*
  • Workplace health and safety meetings – agendas and minutes*

* This link is yet to be provided and will be updated when the information becomes available.

Voyage planning tools:

* This link is yet to be provided and will be updated when the information becomes available.

Other links:

  • Fulcrum – including defect reports and vessel audits. Login required - contact supervisor.
  • AMSA marine incident reporting webpage (for AMSA incident report form)
  • AMSA beacon registration – login restricted. Contact the Maritime Operations team.
  • Spot tracker – login restricted. Contact the Maritime Operations team.

Forms and templates

There are a variety of planning, operational and reporting forms required to implement LSMU projects.

Project planning:

  • Field operations plan and risk assessment template*
  • Operations Order template*
  • Volunteer Agreement form*

* This link is yet to be provided and will be updated when the information becomes available.

Equipment:

  • TSRA Assets Register form*
  • VHF radio allocation spreadsheet*

* This link is yet to be provided and will be updated when the information becomes available.

WorkPlanner

The LSMU WorkPlanner is the planning tool for Rangers and managers to record, schedule and report on the various project work activities within the program. Access is restricted in line with delegated responsibilities. The link to the WorkPlanner is here.

NRM tools

  • Weed Library*
  • LSMU Work Health and Safety Guidelines, including safe work practices for chemical handling*

* This link is yet to be provided and will be updated when the information becomes available.

Data collection

Data collection and storage is a hugely important function of any natural resource management program. LSMU currently uses the Fulcrum software application to record data from NRM activities and to log vessel defect reports. The login page is here. Contact your supervisor for the login details.

TSRA links

* This link is yet to be provided and will be updated when the information becomes available.

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