Adventure Activity Standards (AAS)

Adventure Activity Standards (AAS)

Voluntary guidelines for conducting safer outdoor recreation activities

Australian Adventure Activity Standards

The Australian Adventure Activity Standard  and Good Practice Guides 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.

Outdoors Victoria are driving the project supported by a steering committee made up of representatives from around the country. The official launch of the new AAAS and the completed activity Good Practice Guide’s (GPG’s) is scheduled for September 2019.

The AAAS and GPG’s provide a voluntary good-practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of outdoor adventure activities with dependent participants.

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 GPG’s – these provide guidance specific to the various activities.

Completed documents that are currently available pre-release are:

Further information about the Australian AAS is available at www.australianaas.org.au and the AAAS FAQ Flyer

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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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Source
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 industry@qorf.org.au

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