Australia’s peak outdoor bodies welcomed Monday’s commitment by State and Territory Sport & Recreation Ministers of funding for the creation of the first set of national adventure activity standards for the industry. Working with state and territory governments, the outdoor industry peak bodies will develop an Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) which will improve community and customer outdoor experiences.

The Australian AAS will provide a best practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of a wide range of outdoor adventure activities throughout Australia.

As each state has maintained its own set of standards for outdoor activities until now, this new national approach will make it easier for activity providers to operate in multiple jurisdictions, improve professional portability, and raise safety standards for participants.

Peak bodies collaborating on the project include The Outdoor Council of Australia, Outdoors WA, Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation, Recreation SA, Outdoor Recreation Industry Council of NSW and Outdoors Victoria, together with relevant government agencies in Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.

Development of the Australian AAS 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

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