Australian AAS project extended to Sept 2019

We are pleased to announce that that the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) project has been extended until September 2019. This is thanks to the fantastic support of all the State and Territory Governments through their ‘Sport and Recreation’ Departments for funding and supporting the Australian AAS.

This update outlines the current project status and plans.

Project extension – a big thank you

The project will be extended through to September 2019 having recently secured additional financial support from all the Governments across Australia. This gives the project the time needed to finalise presentation improvements and provide the outcomes needed by the outdoor sector.

Thanks to all the State and Territory ‘Sport and Recreation’ Departments for the ongoing support.

The Australian AAS Steering Committee also appreciates the ongoing volunteer contribution of all the members of the Technical Working Group’s (TWG) and the outdoor sector community to the project.

Project plan 2018-2019

New Technical Working Groups

Planning is underway for four new TWG for:

  • Angling
  • Caving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Snorkelling.

We are aiming to be advertising for nominations for these TWG in the next 1-2 months and have them ready or started at the end of the year/early 2019.

Current Technical Working Groups

The following Technical Working Groups are finalising the first drafts:

  • Canyoning
  • Challenge courses
  • Inland water paddle-craft (canoeing, kayaking, rafting & associated activities).

The drafts should be ready for public consultation late Sept or October 2018.

Revised presentation

To address feedback received, we have been working on revising the presentation of the Australian AAS. This revised presentation is entering the final stages. We plan to provide more detail on this in a separate update very soon.

The full project – a summary

It is easy to forget that so much work has already been completed. So, the following lists all the work based on its stage of completion:

Content completed:

  • Core content i.e. common content to all activities
  • Abseil & Climbing
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Cycling, Cycle Touring and Mt Biking
  • Horse Trail Riding.

Still in draft & being worked on:

  • Canyoning
  • Challenge courses
  • Inland water paddle-craft (canoeing, kayaking, rafting & associated activities)
  • Final presentation – how to present everything
  • Timing of Australian AAS release and transitioning to it.

Still to come:

  • Angling
  • Caving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Snorkelling.

We will be releasing details on the final presentation and release & transition plans in the near future.


The Australian AAS Team

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