About Us

Live Life Outdoors

Outdoors Victoria (OV) is the peak body for all Outdoor activities in Victoria. We exist to support the Outdoors Community, to advocate the benefits of outdoor activity to the broader community.


Our purpose is to build a valued and sustainable outdoor sector for the benefit of the community and natural environment by enhancing, connecting, and advocating on behalf of outdoor education, outdoor recreation, outdoor therapy and nature based tourism.

Meet our staff


Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight

CEO

Andrew Knight joins Outdoors Victoria with a passion for the outdoors reaching right back to his time in Cubs and Scouts, learning how to live in the bush, snow and on water, while having fun with friends and family. Andrew spent 10 years as an active patrol member of the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and was Patrol Captain for many of those years.

Andrew has extensive management experience in the automotive, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), and retail sectors working in Australia, the UK and USA.

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More recently Andrew has done important work in national roles for Not for Profits in the areas of fresh food rescue and community finance. He formed shared-value partnerships with a number of Australia’s largest corporates and governments, to generate positive outcomes for the Australian community. Andrew is skilled at bringing together complex groups, identifying common ground and then achieving the best results for the community. Married with two children, Andrew’s family frequently get away in their caravan to explore the staggering array of landscapes and activities Victoria has to offer. As OV’s new CEO, Andrew looks forward to meeting and working closely with Victoria’s Outdoor Education, Recreation, Therapy and Nature Based Tourism organisations. He is keen to continue and strengthen the advocacy and support role OV has provided Victoria’s outdoor community in the new year.
 

 

Robyn Allan

Robyn Allan

Office Manager and Project Officer

Robyn began working with OV in early 2014 & has helped co-ordinate 3 Education Outdoors conferences. My how time flies! She looks after a lot of the daily running of the OV office from database, website and digital communications. She previously worked for 3 years at The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and has a deep love of the outdoors and a belief that conscious connection to the outdoors is essential for everyone’s mental health.

Murray Irwin

Murray Irwin

OV's Policy Coordinator

Murray is Outdoors Victoria’s policy coordinator. His major tasks currently include coordinating the review of the Adventure Activity Standards and the outdoorleaderonline.org website.
Murray is a seasoned hand in the outdoors, with around 13 years of experience in outdoor leadership roles with a wide range of organisations. 

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After gaining a Diploma in Outdoor Leadership, his experience includes outdoor education and working with at-risk youth and people living with mental illness. He also has policy & program development and project management experience through his role as director of sustainable living at Environment Victoria. He is the author of two training books on dealing with inappropriate behaviour. Murray is currently completing his final subject for his Bachelor of Emergency Management with Charles Sturt University.
Josh Ambrosy

Josh Ambrosy

Education Officer

Josh is the Outdoor Education Officer with Outdoors Victoria. His main tasks include coordinating the review of the Department of Education and Training Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors along with overseeing a range of professional learning activities and resource creation. 

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Josh comes to OV with a wide range of experience teaching and coordinating Outdoor Education in schools. Combined with Josh’s experience in schools he has also completed his Masters of Education including a thesis examining ‘Teachers’ perceptions of Outdoor Education in the Victorian Curriculum’. Along with working for OV Josh is also completing his PhD through Deakin University, for his doctoral research he is focusing on Overseas Learning Experiences in Victorian schools.

Victoria's first Outdoor Draft Policy Agenda

In 2014 OV drafted Victoria’s first policy agenda for the outdoor sector.

OV's Strategic Plan 2016-2020

OV’s Strategic Plan contains our five strategic priorities that will drive our business towards achieving excellence.

OV's Constitution

Download a copy of OV’s Constitution

Annual Reports