Who should use the Australian AAS?

The standards will be designed for use by anyone who is leading dependent participants in outdoor adventure activities, whether this is done commercially, not for profit or in a voluntary capacity.

“A dependent participant is a person owed a duty of care by the activity provider who is reliant upon the activity leaders for supervision, guidance or instruction to support the person’s participation in an activity. For example, this often includes participants under the age of 18, participants lacking the ability to safely undertake the activity, or participants reasonably relying on the activity provider for their safety. The degree of dependence may vary during an activity.

Considerations for determining if a person is a dependent participant may include, but is not limited to:

  • the foreseeable level of competence of the participant in the activity and the associated level of reliance this creates on the activity leaders
  • the level of foreseeable self-reliance of the participant to reasonably manage their own safety
  • the possible variation throughout the activity of the level of reliance
  • the variation of the degree of dependence throughout the activity
  • the individual context, nature and circumstances of the activity
  • the relevant circumstances and particular facts relating to the responsibilities assumed by the provider”*

Even when not leading dependent participants the standards offer guidance for any person conducting an outdoor adventure activity. For recreational users completing personal activities many of the frameworks, principles and procedures offer good guidance on safety and responsible behaviour. However, some sections may not be relevant and could be disregarded when not applicable.

[FAQ updated 4 Sept 2017 – dependent participate definition and clarification updated. *(Refer page 2 Core Standard public access copy V1.6 released 3 May 2017 – click here for a copy.]

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