Calling for nominations to become ‘common content’ TWG members

The Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) Steering Committee is now seeking to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft the base or core standard for all adventure activities. This ‘common content’ standard will hold all the provisions that are applicable for all adventure activities, such as risk management and emergency management frameworks and environmental sustainability principles.

Ideally you will be a ‘generalist expert’ with an understanding of a range of adventure activities at all the following levels:

  • strategic (government regulation & international/activity standards)
  • organisational management (organisational policy) and
  • operational delivery (procedures, staffing, equipment).

Interested? Please read on.

The task

The Australian AAS will be best practice guidelines used to manage risk and safety across a wide range of outdoor adventure activities. For full information on the Australian AAS please visit the website

In the past, AAS for each activity has included all the provisions, meaning that provisions common amongst activities where repeated. This will change for the Australian AAS with all the ‘common content’ being separated out into its own standard. The various activity AAS with then be far more focused on specific provisions and requirements just for that particular activity.

The ‘common content’ TWG will be identifying and developing the provisions to include in the ‘common content’.

The Australian AAS Secretariat has been working to help identify this common content from all the available existing AAS, international standards and related sources. The TWG will therefore have a preliminary draft document from which to develop the Australian AAS ‘common content’.

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 ‘common content’ standard.

The TWG process

Most of the work will be conducted via an online platform to complete document edits and hold written discussions. There will also be telephone conferencing meetings where required 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 & qualities

You are likely to have a broad range of experience in the delivery of different adventure activities, for different types of dependent participants in different settings. You would also have experience within organisations that deliver adventure activities at a management level and understand the relationships between legislated and regulatory requirements, organisational policy and procedures and what happens during the activities. You may have helped developed standards previously and would have had involvement in organisational policy and procedure development and implementation.

Time commitment

It is estimated it may require 15-20 hours work in total. It is difficult to judge the exact time commitment required but currently the preliminary draft for common content is about 40 pages and 13,000 words. The key determinant depends on the amount of discussion and decisions required regarding the preliminary provisions proposed.


Development will take place in December 2015 to February 2016. Public consultation is planned to occur in February/March 2016 so members would also need to be available for final revision of feedback received in March/April 2016. Final delivery of the ‘common content’ AAS will be in April 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 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 Fridays. Given the possibility of interstate time differences, the most likely timing for these will be from midday (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 (AEST) 25 November 2015.

More information

Contact the Australian AAS Secretariat Murray Irwin at or on 0467 447 705

This invitation is available for download.

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