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Australian Adventure Activity Standard and related Good Practice Guides

The Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) and related Good Practice Guides (GPGs) provide a voluntary good-practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of led outdoor adventure activities with dependent participants.

Safety requirements shouldn’t change just because you cross a state border. That is why state outdoors bodies came together and developed the Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) and related Good Practice Guide’s (GPGs).

The good practice framework is provided in:

  • The AAAS – this addresses the common ‘requirements’ for all types of adventure activities
  • The Core GPG – this provides additional information to help support implementing the AAAS
  • The various activity GPGs – these provide guidance specific to the various activities.
Shows how the Standard, Core good practice guide and activity good practice guides fit together.s

Get the pre-release documents

You can download the pre-release PDF version from the download buttons below.

Once the official release occurs, the Read section of the website will be unlocked.

Once unlocked the official release can be read online and also downloaded the PDF from that section. So for now, you can read the pre-release versions by downloading the PDF documents below.

Get more information

For an overview of the history of the AAAS & GPGs and how they were developed go to the history page here.

For frequently asked questions go to the FAQ here.

Activities covered and pre-release document downloads

The activities included are in the following table:

Activity or document name

Pre-release download or document cross reference

Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) – The standard for good practice risk and safety management of led outdoor adventure activities. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Core GPG – Guidance for common good practice for all adventure activities. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)


Abseiling & Climbing GPG – Guidance for abseiling, climbing and bouldering on natural and artificial surfaces. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Abseiling – abseiling on natural or artificial surfaces

See abseiling and climbing GPG

Angling GPG – Guidance for terrestrial angling including wading and ocean facing rock fishing. (Sept 2019 pre-release version.)

Bushwalking GPG – Guidance for day and overnight bushwalking and orienteering. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Camping GPG – Guidance for campsite set up, camping and cooking. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Canoeing

Depending on the type of water body involved, see enclosed & coastal waters paddle-craft GPG or inland water paddle-craft GPG

Canyoning GPG – Guidance for horizontal and vertical canyoning in wet and dry canyons. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Caving GPG – Guidance for horizontal and vertical caving. (Sept 2019 pre-release version.)

Challenge courses GPG – Guidance for high and low challenge (ropes) courses and adventure/initiative games. (April 2019 pre-release version.)

Climbing – climbing on natural or artificial surfaces

See abseiling and climbing GPG

Cycling, Cycling Touring and Mountain Biking GPG – Guidance for learning to cycle, cycling, cycle touring and mountain biking. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Diving – snorkel diving

See snorkelling GPG

Enclosed & coastal waters paddle-craft GPG – Canoeing, sit in & sit on top kayaking and stand up paddleboarding on enclosed & coastal waters. (Sept 2019 pre-release version.)

Horse Trail Riding GPG – Routine and advanced horse trail riding. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Inland water paddle-craft GPG – Canoeing, inflatable, sit in & sit on top kayaking, rafting and stand up paddleboarding on inland waters. (Dec 2018 pre-release version.)

Kayaking

Depending on the type of water body involved, see enclosed & coastal waters paddle-craft GPG or inland water paddle-craft GPG

Mountain biking

See cycling, cycle touring and mountain biking GPG

Rafting

See inland water paddle-craft GPG

River sledding

See inland water paddle-craft GPG

Ropes courses (high and low ropes)

See challenge courses GPG

Sea kayaking

See enclosed & coastal waters paddle-craft GPG

Sit on top kayaking

Depending on the type of water body involved, see enclosed & coastal waters paddle-craft GPG or inland water paddle-craft GPG

Snorkelling GPG – Snorkel swimming and snorkel diving. (Sept 2019 pre-release version.)

Standard (Australian Adventure Activity Standard)

See Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS)

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP)

Depending on the type of water body involved, see enclosed & coastal waters paddle-craft GPG or inland water paddle-craft GPG


Traditional owner acknowledgment

The Outdoor Council of Australia and the Australian AAS Steering Committee would respectfully like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, their Elders past, present and emerging, for the important role Indigenous people continue to play in Australia and most especially on the land and waters used for outdoor activities and recreation.