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The key to these Adventure Activity Standards is that they are produced and agreed upon by the outdoor community and then accepted by the Victorian government.
The process to develop the AAS was established so that each document would be consistent in layout and content but that each AAS would be developed independently to ensure relevance. The AAS have all originated from a template enabling activities to be documented in groups of three and four and also allowing further AAS to be created as the need arises.
This process was undertaken in two distinct stages:
The AAS process was designed to establish clear and easily understood guidelines for anyone required to, or who wishes to voluntarily adhere to their requirements.
Through consultation, the following process was established to provide transparency and appropriate opportunity for contribution.
The research process involved discussion with accreditation bodies, risk management experts and insurers to refine the template. Commercial and non-commercial representatives were consulted to assess the level of documented procedures existing within each activity and to discuss the proposed function of the completed AAS.
Existing standards/guidelines and codes of practice from within Victoria , interstate and overseas were collected and used to facilitate discussion and to provide useful points of reference.
Activity specific working parties were established according to the AAS working party criteria (below), advice of peak bodies and key organisations. The individuals within the working parties were provided with the information gathered in the planning phase, asked to bring any relevant information and were briefed on the requirements of the project.
The working parties then attended a one-day workshop where all issues, key points and decisions were documented in relation to each aspect of the activity standards template (equipment, environment, etc.). Thsi information was then collated the information and a draft AAS was created.
Soon after the workshops, the working party members received the first draft of the AAS and were given an agreed period of time to discuss and agree on the draft. The working group members suggested changes where necessary and the second Draft AAS was posted online where the industry/sector and public alike had the opportunity to review and comment via our the online feedback form.
At each stage in the process, the working party members were engaged to ensure that any amendments from the first draft were appropriate. In some cases up to six drafts were circulated to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all.
Final drafts of the activity standards were perused by a solicitor to ensure that they were appropriately detailed to assist a leader and/or organisation complying with the AAS in developing a legal defence.