Calling for nominations to become Caving TWG members

The Australian Adventure Activity Standard (Australian AAS) Steering Committee is now seeking to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft the activity ‘Good Practice Guide’ for Caving.

The activity ‘Good Practice Guide’ will hold all the provisions that are applicable to Caving and will utilise the ‘Core Good Practice Guide’ as its base. The ‘Core Good Practice Guide’ covers topics such as risk management frameworks, emergency management plans, child safety and sun safety.

The activity ‘Good Practice Guide’ will cover any specific ‘Caving’ planning, participant, environment, leadership and equipment provisions.

Interested? Please read on.

The task

The Australian Adventure Activity Standard and ‘Good Practice Guides’ 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 ‘Good Practice Guide’ (GPG) for led Caving activities.

For further information on the Australian AAS, please visit the website

The Caving activity GPG with be focused on specific provisions (i.e. requirements, recommendations and/or considerations) for Caving. These will be “added” to the ‘Core Good Practice Guide’ to form the “whole” Caving GPG. The TWG will need to review the ‘Core Good Practice Guide’ and then determine what additional provisions are need for the Caving GPG.

The Australian AAS Secretariat has been working to help identify existing Caving provisions from all the available existing AAS along with potential ideas from international and related sources. The TWG will have the opportunity to suggest ideas to inform the development of a preliminary draft from which to start to develop the Caving GPG.

Once a 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 finalising the exact provisions for the Caving GPG.

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 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 ‘Good Practice Guide’ 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 will have broad expertise and experience in Caving in different settings and ideally with a range of different types of dependent participants. This includes horizontal caving with vertical caving experience highly regarded. Multi pitch and/or complex vertical caving experience highly regarded but not essential. You might also have experience in the delivery of different adventure activities although experience with Caving is essential.

You would also have experience within organisations that deliver Caving adventure activities at a management level. A sound understand of the relationships between organisational requirements and what happens during the activity is also required.

You will also have an understanding or experience on what impact some of the following have in providing Caving activities for dependent participants:

  • government regulation, land manager requirements, relevant other international/Australian standards, available qualifications and outdoor sector needs
  • organisational management experience in an organisation such as volunteer groups & clubs, tourism, recreation, outdoor education and training providers
  • operational requirements in providing Caving activities e.g. environment considerations, procedures, leadership requirements & equipment requirements.

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

Time commitment

It is estimated it may require approximately 15-20 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 regarding the preliminary provisions proposed.


Development will take place starting early 2019. Public consultation is planned to occur thereafter, so members would also need to be available for final revision of feedback received in mid-2019. Final delivery of the GPG is required by Sept 2019.

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 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

Complete the online nomination form at

Nominations close at 15 Oct 2018 (9.00am AEDT).

More information

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


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