Submission to DEPI
Outdoors Victoria has made a submission to the National Parks Camping and Accommodation Fees Regulatory Impact Statement. More info »
Draft AAS Paddling in Inland Waterways
Deadline for feedback extended to: 14 February 2014 More info »
New Business Toolkit re bushfire preparedness
Tourism Victoria, in partnership with the CFA has released a new toolkit to assist tourism businesses prepare for bushfires. More info »
Have your say - Parks Vic camping fees review
The new Victorian national parks camping and accommodation fees Regulatory Impact Statement is out for comment. Deadline: 22 Nov 2013 More info »
NOLRS Oct 2013 Newsletter
Welcome to the October 2013 edition of the NOLRS Newsletter. In this issue you will find updates on registration and reregistration, new pathways to becoming on outdoor leader, and information about contributing an article. More info »
Sector representatives, commercial operators, non-commercial operators and individual government agencies have all expressed the requirement for documented standards in the past.
The benefits that industry/sector standards provide to these stakeholders are diverse and each organisation may have different uses for the Adventure Activity Standards (AAS).
The issues which led to the development of the AAS range from individuals looking for guidance on current equipment standards to government agencies seeking benchmarks for group size; and commercial operators requiring independent guidelines to support their own detailed operating procedures to insurers wanting to bring together what is often seen as a fragmented industry.
Key issues that the Adventure Activities project aims to satisfy are outlined below:
AAS ensure those who lead and participate in group-based activities have an opportunity to be appropriately informed of the legal expectations and responsibilities that they accept. That in conducting such activities, organisations and leaders know what is expected of them and as such, helping to ensure that the appropriate duty of care for self, others and the environment is afforded.
The activity standards are designed to be adaptable, so that they can be developed further as requirements change. The Victorian AAS assist in keeping our sector informed and significantly help to ensure the long-term sustainability of outdoor recreation not only in Victoria but across Australia .
AAS are not ‘risk management documents’. Although utilising current risk management templates and working closely with other risk management initiatives has ensured that adhering to the activity standards will be satisfying certain key elements entrenched in risk assessment criteria. The AAS cover aspects of activities, which directly relate to the safety of the leaders, groups and the environment on a program specific level.