A steering committee has been established to manage the development of the Australian AAS. This currently has members who manage the AAS in all the jurisdictions. This is a mixture of peak bodies and government departments depending on the jurisdiction. See the about page for details.
Technical working groups (TWG) will be established with members who are experts in the activities and represent a wide array of community interests such as tourism operators, volunteer groups, clubs, recreation, education and government. They will draft the Australian AAS based on the existing AAS from the various jurisdictions that have them. The Steering Committee will seek nominations for members in due course. Those nominations may come from interest groups, industry bodies and individuals. Nominations will be reviewed and decided upon based on the technical expertise and experience of the nominee, along with ensuring various sector interests and experience with different dependent participant type’s are represented.
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Once drafted the AAS will be open for public comment via a web based platform. After the consultation period is closed the technical working group will review the feedback and finalise the AAS. The Australian AAS will then go to the Steering Committee before being adopted as the national standard.
Each state or territory will then look to adopt the Australian AAS in due course. Each of the organisations responsible may complete an adoption process prior to the Australian AAS being used in that jurisdiction.
The intention is for the Australian AAS to be held by a national body on behalf of the Steering Committee members with that body being the Outdoor Council of Australia.