Call for nominations to become Bushwalking TWG members

The Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) Steering Committee is now seeking to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft the activity specific standard for Bushwalking with dependent participants.

The Bushwalking standard will hold all the provisions that are applicable to bushwalking and will utilise the ‘common content’ as its base. The ‘common content’ will cover common topics such as risk management frameworks, emergency management plans, child safety and environmental sustainability principles.

The Bushwalking AAS will cover any specific bushwalking planning, participant, environment, leadership and equipment provisions.

Interested? Please read on.

The task

The Australian Adventure Activity Standards will provide the best practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of outdoor adventure activities with dependent participants. This TWG will be working on the standards for Bushwalking activities with dependent participants.

For further information on the Australian AAS, please visit the website www.australianaas.org.au

The Bushwalking activity AAS with be focused on specific requirements, recommendations and/or considerations for Bushwalking. These will be added to the ‘common content’ to form the whole Bushwalking standard. The TWG will need to review the ‘common content’ and then determine the additional provisions needed specifically for the Bushwalking AAS.

The Australian AAS Secretariat has been working to help identify Bushwalking provisions from all the available existing AAS, along with potential ideas from international standards and related sources. The TWG will begin by suggesting ideas to inform the development of the preliminary draft from which it will start developing the Bushwalking AAS.

Once a final draft is completed, public consultation will then take place. Feedback from consultation will then be collated by the Secretariat and reviewed by the TWG, before the TWG making the final decisions on the exact provisions within the final Bushwalking standard.

The TWG process

Most of the work can be conducted via an online platform to complete document edits and hold written discussions. There will also be telephone conference meetings to discuss matters and make decisions. Given the likelihood of TWG members being located throughout Australia, it will not be time or cost effective to be able to hold face to face meetings.

A Chair of the TWG will be selected from its members to facilitate the workings of the TWG. The Secretariat will be available to support the TWG and the Chair through providing draft provisions and briefing documents, organising teleconferences, conduct research, assistance with the AAS development and liaising with the Steering Committee on the TWG’s behalf. A code of conduct, Terms of Reference and writing style guide for TWG members will also help guide the workings of the TWG.

 About you

Skills & experience

You will have broad expertise and experience in Bushwalking in different settings and with a range of different types of dependent participants. You might also have experience in the delivery of different adventure activities although experience with Bushwalking is essential.

You would also have had experience in the in the delivery Bushwalking adventure activities with dependent participants at a management level. A sound understand of the relationships between organisational requirements and what happens during the activity is also required. You may have experience in training Bushwalking leaders and would certainly understand the skills and knowledge a leader requires in different settings.

You will also have an understanding and/or experience of some of the following and how they impact on providing Bushwalking activities for dependent participants:

  • current regulation or requirementsg. government regulation, land manager requirements, relevant other international/Australian standards and available bushwalking qualifications
  • organisational aims and requirements of different groupsg. volunteer groups & clubs, tourism, recreation, outdoor education, adventure therapy and training providers
  • delivery requirements in providing Bushwalking activitiesg. environment considerations, procedures, leadership requirements and equipment requirements

You may have helped developed standards previously and/or have had involvement in organisational policy and procedure development and implementation.

Time commitment

It is estimated it may require approximately 10-15 hours work in total. It is difficult to judge the exact time commitment required. The key determinant depends on the amount of discussion and decisions required.

Availability

Development will aim to take place in May 2016 to June 2016. Public consultation is planned to occur in July 2016 so members would also need to be available for final revision of feedback received in July-Aug 2016. Final delivery of the Bushwalking AAS is aimed for Aug 2016.

There will not be face to face meetings. Internet access will be essential to use the online platform for drafting and conducting online discussions via a commenting system. This allows members great flexibility in when they can contribute, as they will be able to log on whenever and wherever is most convenient for them.

A limited number of teleconferences with a set agenda may also held at a mutually convenient time and date with preference given to Monday to Thursdays. Given the possibility of interstate time differences, the most likely timing for these will be from midday (AEDT/AEST) onwards. The length of teleconferences will likely be limited to between 1 and 1.5 hours.

How to nominate

Click here to complete the online nomination form.

Nominations close at 9.00am (AEDT) 31st March 2016.

More information

Contact the Australian AAS Secretariat Murray Irwin at info@australianaas.org.au or on 0467 447 705

This invitation is available for download by clicking here.

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