The standards and guidelines were informed by Victoria’s strong focus on protecting health and safety in adventure activities, and all the States and Territories supported the formation of a national set of standards to provide uniformity.
The standards and guidelines were developed by an expert committee made up of representatives from the outdoor sector and state and territory governments who coordinated the project with support from Outdoors Victoria.
The new Australian Adventure Activity Standard and Good Practice Guides cover the planning and delivery of 18 adventure activities, as varied as hiking, angling, horse trail riding, cycle touring and mountain biking, climbing and abseiling, challenge ropes and paddle activities.
They are a voluntary set of guidelines, which apply to activities that are led with dependant participants.
They have been welcomed by Adventure Guides Australia Founder, David Chitty,
“This gives us clarity for the first time across all borders,” he said. “And it gives confidence for clients, that no matter where they choose to try an adventure activity, that State or Territory has endorsed the same Standard and Good Practice Guides for led activities.”
Outdoor and active recreation plays a vital part in building a healthier community and is also an important contributor to our economy.
A 2016 report found nature-based outdoor activity contributes $7.4 billion to the Victorian economy and creates 71,000 jobs
To view the new Australian Adventure Activity Standard and guides.