Adventure Activity Standards (AAS)

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 Adventure Activity Standards (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 mid 2017.

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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 and the AAAS FAQ Flyer

Australian AAS Steering Committee Chair, Chuck Berger – 0417 447 599, or
QORF Executive Officer, Dom Courtney – 0419 976 800


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.

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)

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Charles “Reb” Gregg
Outdoor Safety Institute

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

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