Who is developing the standards?

The Australian AAS is being developed by a coalition of groups including all those currently responsible for the relevant state and territory standards. This coalition forms the Australian AAS Steering Committee and includes:

  • ACT Sport and Recreation Services
  • Northern Territory Department of Sport and Recreation
  • Outdoor Council of Australia
  • Outdoor NSW (previously Outdoor Recreation Industry Council NSW – ORIC NSW)
  • Outdoors Victoria
  • Outdoors WA
  • Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation
  • Recreation SA
  • Tasmania, Communities Sport and Recreation


Steering committee members

The current steering committee members as the 19 November 2018 are:

Rebecca Kelley representing Sport and Recreation Services, Economic Development, ACT Government

Marlene Renton representing Department of Sport and Recreation, Northern Territory Government

Andrew Govan representing The Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA)

Liz Horne representing Outdoors NSW

Andrew Knight representing Outdoors Victoria

Jamie Bennett representing Outdoors WA

Dom Courtney representing Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF)

Stu Ferenci representing Recreation SA

Helen Langenberg representing Communities, Sport and Recreation Department of Premier and Cabinet Tasmania


Development is supported by

The Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials (CASRO) has recognised the national importance of the Australian AAS and is providing funding support through its members including:

  • ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • NSW Office for Sport
  • Northern Territory Department of Sport and Recreation
  • Office for Sport, Australian Government Department for Health
  • Qld Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
  • SA Office for Recreation and Sport
  • Sport and Recreation Victoria
  • Tasmania, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • WA Department of Sport and Recreation

The initial development for the Australian AAS has been supported by work completed during the updating of the Victorian AAS. The Victorian AAS update was funded by The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.”


How will the standards be developed?

For each category of outdoor adventure activities, a technical working group will be established to draft the standard, drawing on the existing standards in place around Australia. Thousands of hours of work and financial contributions by many stakeholders have previously gone into developing these AAS and this will greatly assist in the creation of the Australian AAS. The public will be invited to comment on these standards before they are finalised.

Each state and territory will still need to consider whether to adopt the Australian AAS. It is the intention of all participants that variations will be made only where strictly necessary. While there may be some legislative differences in states and territories, it will be the responsibility of each jurisdiction to ensure these are clearly marked in the final document.


Want to know more?

The FAQ page provides additional detail about the Australian AAS, the effect it will have in certain circumstances and the process of development of the standards. Or you can download the 2 page FAQ flyer.

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