Australian AAS project update Dec 2017

With the end of 2017 fast approaching the Australian AAS Steering Committee would like to provide an update on the project and to say thank you.

The Committee would like to acknowledge the contribution of all the members of the Technical Working Groups (TWG). This project is a significant undertaking and would not be possible without the voluntary effort of so many activity experts. A big thanks to all the TWG members.

We would also like to thank all those that have contributed feedback during public consultation. It has been incredibly helpful to get that feedback – so thanks for taking the time to do so.

Core Standard

We began the project with the Core Standard – the considerations and information that is relevant to all adventure activities. Since public consultation of the Core Standard and its revision, a test pilot was completed seeking feedback representative of all the sub-sectors in the outdoor community. The feedback honoured the incredible contribution of the TWG and made recommendations and comments about the presentation of information. It is still being looked at to identify the best way to keep all the valuable information while presenting it in an accessible and clear fashion.

Activity standards

A number of TWG have been working on a variety of activities and these are at different stages:

Public consultation has been completed for:

  • Mt Biking & Cycle Touring – finalising the content based on feedback received
  • Camping – feedback considered and TWG revised document
  • Bushwalking – feedback considered and TWG revised document.

Public consultation underway for:

  • Horse Trail Riding – closes 29 Jan 2018
  • Abseil & Climbing – closes 5 Feb 2018.

Technical Working Groups being formed and will begin work in Feb 2018 for:

  • Canyoning
  • Challenge courses
  • Inland water paddle-craft.

We anticipate the Core Standard and all completed activity AAS will be released together at the end of the project, rather than individually.

We plan to give more details about the plans for developing the remaining adventure activities in March/April 2018.

Happy holidays

Experience has shown that the Dec-Jan period it is a time when people in the outdoor community take some well-deserved leave. So it will be a quieter time in the Australia AAS office and Murray will also be away on leave until late January.

We wish you a happy and safe festive season and best of luck for 2018.

We hope you have the opportunity to get outdoors and participate in an adventure or two of your own.



The Australian AAS Team

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