Adventure Activity Standards

Adventure Activity Standards (AAS)

Voluntary guidelines for conducting safer outdoor recreation activities

Australian Adventure Activity Standards

Development has started on Australia’s first national set of outdoor safety standards – the Australian AAS. Outdoors Victoria are driving the project supported by a steering committee made up of representatives from around the country with the first new AAAS expected by late 2016.

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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

 

Contact:
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

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

What are Adventure Activity Standards?

Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) are minimum, voluntary guidelines for organisations conducting outdoor recreation activities where the participants are dependent on the activity provider.

The AAS were developed to promote:

  • Safety for both participants and providers
  • Understanding of the minimum requirements for running quality, accountable adventure activities
  • Knowledge for industry, public consumers, insurers and the legal system

The AAS are NOT statutory standards by law. In Queensland, legal liability for injuries or property damage is primarily governed by the law of Contract and Negligence which are described within each AAS introduction.

Example AAS Cover

The AAS provide an opportunity for those who lead and participate in outdoor activities to have an opportunity to be appropriately informed of the responsibilities, duty of care and legal expectations they should meet. Further they help to guide knowledge of the appropriate duty of care required for self, others and the environment.

Other Australian AAS

AAS on the OCA website – view AAS from other states in Australia

 

Corrections and Suggestions

As living documents, the AAS will require updates. If you identify any errors, or have suggestions on how the QAAS might be improved we are keen to hear from you. Please send your comments to industry@qorf.org.au

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