One of the Best Practice Principles of the Family Violence Experts by Experience Framework focuses on the importance of valuing the contributions and expertise of survivor advocates. One of the other principles emphasises the importance of being transparent when providing information about participation opportunities. Read the principles in full.
One way in which transparency can be achieved is by ensuring that your organisation provides remuneration in a way that is clear and consistent. An example of the type of document you might like to develop for your organisation is outlined below.
|Level of engagement||Remuneration||Mechanisms of engagement||Rate||Specify costs covered (travel, child care, taxi, meals etc)|
Before you set your payment rates, it might be useful to look at the consumer participation rates set by other organisations, for example:
The Consumer Cost Model — Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
The National Mental Health Commission — Paid Participation Policy
Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010
More information about legal considerations of engaging consumer representatives can be found at the Not for Profit Law — Justice Connect website