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.
Outdoor Providers and Camps Subcommittee
This subcommittee includes a number of large and medium-sized businesses across the Outdoor Provider and Camps (OP&C) industry in Victoria. It functions as a reference point for the CEO and OV Board into the OP&C sector, to inform their work in advocating for, and supporting the Outdoors industry in Victoria.
The current Chair of the Subcommittee is OV board member, Anthony Hall.
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
Andrew Knight joined Outdoors Victoria in 2016
Robyn began working with OV in early 2014
Nature Stewards Project Co ordinator
Maddy Willcock 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.
Dave has a lifelong passion for the outdoors