About UsLive 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.
What We Do
We provide advocacy to all levels of government on behalf of the Outdoors Sector, often in collaboration with other peak bodies and associations.
Coordination & Delivery
The annual Education Outdoors Conference is our major event for the year. Through this event , and the deliverance of a professional learning series we provide important educational and networking opportunities for the outdoor learning sector.
Showcasing Outdoor Career Pathways
In 2018 in partnership with Victoria University, we launched the first ‘Careers in the Outdoors Day’ for Victorian school students.
Resources for the Outdoor Sector
We provide resource for the outdoors learning sector on a range of issues and initiatives through our help desk service to members and our monthly newsletter.
Safety Guidelines Projects
We guide efforts to improve and enhance the safety and regulatory environment associated with outdoor learning, through our work on the review of the DET’s Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors (SGEO)
Through our ongoing work as the National Secretariat of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Aust. AAS), we provide advice to the outdoors sector on current safety and regulatory developments by
Develop, Deliver and Support Initiatives and Programs
We either support initiatives that help improve the health, wellbeing and the outdoor education of Victorians or work with people in the sector to help develop new programs, such as the new Nature Stewards Program.
Facilitating and supporting Research
Amongst other leading organisations in the sector Outdoors Victoria actively supports research teams such as OYPRA & The UPLOADS Project, who provide invaluable insights that guide strategic development.
Meet our staff
CEOAndrew Knight joined Outdoors Victoria in 2016
Project OfficerRobyn began working with OV in early 2014
Nature Stewards Project Co ordinatorPlease welcome our newest staff member, Maddy Willcock! Maddy can frequently be found in her preferred natural habitat, the great outdoors, camping, relaxing, and probably checking out any local volcanoes. Childhood family and scouting adventures ignited a great respect, love, and spiritual connection with the natural environment. Supporting others with their connection with the environment, is a key passion. Maddy has continued to explore and learn in the great outdoors through her career in geological field research and STEM education program development, and in her training in land management and art therapy.”
OV's Policy CoordinatorMurray has been Outdoors Victoria’s adventure activities safety project coordinator since 2015.
Murray has been involved in outdoor activities for many years, growing up on the coast surfing. He has a range of experience in leading groups in the outdoors. This including students in outdoor education programs and adventure programs for youth at risk and people living or experiencing a mental health condition. Other roles include tour guiding 4WD safaris’ and coordinating community sustainability education programs.
Murray is a volunteer member of both the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Bushwalking Search & Rescue (BSAR). He has a Degree in Emergency Management and a Diploma in Recreation (Outdoor Leadership).
Education AdvisorDave has a lifelong passion for the outdoors