Development of the AAAS will involve combining and streamlining the current state standards into the inaugural national standard, while consulting with the outdoor community to ensure the national standards represent best practice.
Murray Stewart, Chair of the Outdoor Council of Australia, said “Standards shouldn’t change just because you cross a border. This new national approach will ensure everyone has a clear direction on how to achieve the highest safety standards and deliver the best possible experience for participants in outdoor activities across Australia.”
Chuck Berger, CEO of Outdoors Victoria, said “A national set of standards is more efficient and effective than a state-by-state approach, so we’ll be able to reduce red tape while improving safety outcomes. This is great news for nature-based tourism, outdoor education, and outdoor recreation groups and businesses, as well as participants themselves.”
Further information about the Australian AAS is available at www.australianaas.org.au and the AAAS FAQ Flyer
Australian AAS Steering Committee Chair, Chuck Berger – 0417 447 599, or
QORF Executive Officer, Dom Courtney – 0419 976 800
Core Standards released for public consultation
The core standards containing all of the common content for all the Australian AAS has just been released for public comment. All members of the outdoors community can now have their say about the core standards.
The release is a significant step as no matter what the adventure activity, the core standards will provide the overarching system that they all use.
It is suggested that before focusing in on what is in the core standards, you visit the Q&A section to get an overview of key issues the core standards address.
The draft core standards will be available to download in PDF or readable online via the website at www.yoursay.australianaas.org.au/core-standards