Australian AAS project update May 2018

A huge amount of work has been completed on the Australian AAS to-date. This overview provides an update on what has been achieved and what is coming up.

New Technical Working Groups

The following Technical Working Groups have begun work:

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

Details of the membership of these TWG’s is available from the TWG membership page.

Core Standard

The Core Standard considers everything that is relevant to all adventure activities. As discussed in the December 2017 update, the presentation of the information is being revised. Work is progressing to identify the best way of presenting all this valuable information in an accessible and clear fashion. It is planned to have this finalised in the next couple of months.

Activity standards

A number of TWG have completed their final content drafting based on feedback received:

  • Abseil & Climbing
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Cycling, Cycle Touring and Mt Biking
  • Horse Trail Riding.

These activities are now just waiting finalising the Core Standard presentation layout to ensure a consistent layout.

We anticipate the Core Standard and the activity AAS will be released together on completion of the approved project, rather than individually.

Project plan for the remainder of 2018

With the three new TWG now underway and the other TWG’s completed, we are working on what are the next steps. We are aiming to provide further detail (including the release timetable and information workshops) to you in a follow-up newsletter.

A big thank you

This project would not be possible without the work of many people across Australia.

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. As of mid-April, there has been 71 TWG volunteer members contributing approximately 802 person hrs, and over 50 meetings. A big thanks to all the TWG members.

We would also like to thank all those that have contributed during public consultation. It has been incredibly helpful to receive the feedback. Thanks to all those who have taken the time to do so.



The Australian AAS Team


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