Australian Adventure Activity Standard
Voluntary guidelines for conducting safer outdoor activities
On Tuesday November 26th at 12:30 pm (AEST), we will be hosting a webinar to look at the various features of the new AAAS framework; the best ways to implement the standard and good practice guides for your organisation; and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about the new framework.
To get the most out of the webinar and to help you formulate appropriate questions, we recommend that you make yourself familiar with the new Standard, the new Core GPG’s and the new activity specific GPG’s!
Registration is essential!
The Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) and related Good Practice Guides (GPGs) provide a voluntary good-practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of led outdoor adventure activities with dependent participants.
They are designed to ensure effective, responsible, sustainable and safe delivery of adventure activities to dependent participants. They can help people across the outdoor sector to develop appropriately managed adventure activities which enhance individuals and our communities, while protecting the environment and culturally significant places. In doing this, these documents can help ensure that people will continue to enjoy the benefits of adventure activities well into the future.
The good practice framework is provided in:
- The AAAS – this addresses the common ‘requirements’ for all types of adventure activities
- The Core GPG – this provides additional information to help support implementing the AAAS *
- The various activity GPGs – these provide guidance specific to the various activities.
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- Abseil and Climbing
- Challenge Courses (ropes courses, low ropes & adventure/initiative games)
- Cycling and Mountain Biking
- Enclosed and Coastal Waters Paddlecraft (canoeing, kayaking & SUP on enclosed & coastal waters)
- Horse Trail Riding
- Inland Water Paddlecraft (canoeing, kayaking, inflatable, rafting & SUP on inland waters)
The AAAS provide an opportunity for those who lead and participate in outdoor activities 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.
Standards are embraced by those who seek excellence in their operations. The priority for such people is quality programming and good service to clients – not the avoidance of litigation. Standards may be seen as a threat by those who are not so careful and choose not to learn what others consider desirable practices (Charles Gregg , OSI)
Queensland Adventure Activity Standards
While many of the original Queensland Adventure Activity Standards have been superseded by the new AAAS and GPG’s, three were not updated due to lack of resources. These activities are:
Before referring to the Queensland Adventure Activity Standards, please refer to both:
See below for access to all the 2014 Queensland Adventure Activity Standards
Management of Outdoor Activities for Severe Weather Conditions (Source: Outdoors Victoria)
New Zealand AAS (or equivalents)
- Outdoor Activities Guidelines for Leaders (Sport New Zealand)
- Activity Safety Guidelines for Adventure Activities (Support Adventure)
- Guidelines for other Organised Outdoor Activities (Support Adventure)
- Good Practice (Support Adventure)
- Outdoor Activity Guides (and other resources: Mountain Safety Council)
Standards Australia has published an Australian adoption of the international standard AS ISO 31000:2018, Risk Management – Guidelines
There is anxiety in some quarters about the role of standards in our professional lives. Otherwise intelligent folks are, apparently sincerely, questioning whether standards are good for the industry. The anxiety is fueled in large part by a blog manager who wants us to believe that standards are dangerous because they provide a blueprint to an adversary in the event of litigation. In other words, his readers are advised, it’s best to pass up the chance to learn what others in the industry consider acceptable practices because you might violate those practices and be accountable for doing so. (Are you following this?)
Charles “Reb” Gregg
Outdoor Safety Institute
Corrections and Suggestions
As living documents, the AAAS will require updates. If you identify any errors, or have suggestions on how the AAAS might be improved we are keen to hear from you. Please send your comments to email@example.com