Introducing the new Affiliate Membership structure

In 2017 we played a leading role in:

  • Providing a united voice to Government on issues affecting our members,
  • Conducting an Economic Impact Research Project which provided an initial estimate of the value of “Nature Based” Outdoor Activities in NSW,
  • Providing key guidance and feedback on the development of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards,
  • Supporting the National UPLOADS Risk Management project,
  • Upskilling our Volunteer Management Committee with Governance Training to maintain professionalism in conducting the work of Outdoors NSW.
  • Supporting the review of the Outdoor Recreation Training package product.
  • Conducting various workshops around Child Safety, Media Training, Learning in the Outdoors and Risk Management.
  • Growing a collaborative partnership with the Office of Sport to identify relevant projects for the outdoors community.
  • Communicating regularly to members through Newsletters and Social Media.

In 2018 Outdoors NSW voted on a more inclusive membership structure to better represent the diverse range of organisations wanting to support the work of Outdoors NSW.

We laid the groundwork for this in 2017 by introducing a “Practitioner” level membership to allow individuals to become more involved. Our new structure now offers further membership options to enable the Education sector and Small business to have a more accessible option. We have removed our joining fee and introduced the new Affiliate membership structure.  Our decision to restructure the fees is to increase the accessibility to Outdoors NSW to schools and small businesses (smaller providers and start ups). The new options are:

Affiliate Freelancer $100 + gst

Freelancers, Casuals, Individuals

  • 10% discount on all professional development events & workshops, including our annual conference;
  • Opportunities to take up Special offers from our partners;
  • The Outdoors NSW logoto upload to your website, email signature and printed materials; see USE OF LOGO information;
  • An Outdoors NSW certificate and membership number

Affiliate School $220 + gst

For pre-schools through to secondary schools

  • All of the ABOVE* and
  • Constitutional voting rights
  • Your own school listing & page on the Affiliate School section of our website
  • *10% discount for 5 staff

Affiliate Member $350 + gst

Companies and businesses with less than 5 permanent staff

  • All of the ABOVE and
  • Your own business/organisational listing & page in the Affiliate Members section on our website;
  • An opportunity to be ‘the in kind sponsor’ of each monthly newsletter, which is distributed to thousands of subscribers

Affiliate Plus Member $700 + gst

Outdoor Providers, Universities, sector corporates and Not For Profit’s with 5+ permanent staff

  • All of the ABOVE
  • Your own business/organisational listing & page in the Affiliate Plus Members section on our website

Summit Partner $4500

All of the ABOVE and more. Please call us to discuss the Summit Partnership. Some of the summit partnership benefits include:

  • Summit partner recognition on our Website and Social Media;
  • Newsletter by-lines (two per year);
  • Conference recognition with your logo on event invitation, banner display, acknowledgement, insert in conference delegate packs;
  • Exclusive sponsorship of a forum/workshop event with free attendance to two of your staff
  • Logo and recognition in our Annual Report

Join by visiting: http://outdoorsnsw.org.au/membership/membership-form/

See the breakdown table here: Outdoors NSW Membership Structure 2018

Outdoors NSW is a member driven organisation, recognised nationally and by government as the peak industry body representing the interests of the outdoor community (recreation, education, adventure tourism and therapy providers and participants) in NSW.

We’re a member-based not-for-profit (NFP) that receives modest government  funding and partnership assistance to support our members and serve the people of New South Wales – as well as visitors to our state – by helping them to get outside and experience the benefits of:

Why become a member?

As an Outdoors NSW member, you help us to represent the interests of all outdoor community users in NSW. The greater the membership numbers, the stronger voice we share and the more we can achieve.

Our purpose is to raise the profile, increase participation, and develop capacity and opportunity for positive outdoor experiences, environmental and cultural activities in NSW, and play a leading role in promoting and developing the outdoors community in NSW and beyond.

We do this through representation of members and member groups, promotion of members and outdoor activities, advocacy with government and land/water managers

We also work with industry professionals to further the professionalism and integrity of our industry, and membership to Outdoors NSW enables the collective local voice of NSW outdoor operators to be heard at all levels of government, empowering us to help shape the future of our own industry.

We welcome membership applications from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoor industry.


  • Networking and professional development opportunities at discounted member rates. Outdoors NSW events include Annual Conference, workshops, seminars and training forums.
  • Ability to raise issues with Outdoors NSW for consideration by our board to advocate to government and third parties on your behalf
  • Members rates for National Accommodation, Recreation, and Tourism Accreditation (NARTA) Program as an endorsement that your organisation meets required outdoor practice standards
  • Regular communications including quarterly newsletter and e-bulletins and ability to include information (approved by board sub-committee). Enews from affiliated organisations including special early bird offers to events and learning opportunities
  • Exposure on the Outdoors NSW website – through listing and profile opportunities

  • One member from your organisation can vote at our AGM. Opportunity to nominate yourself or others for the management committee consideration.
  • License to use Outdoors NSW Logo on your materials as promotion of your membership to Outdoors NSW.

Who can be a member?

Membership to Outdoors NSW is available to any commercial, not-for-profit, volunteer, educational or government organisation, group, association, body or individual and offers a range of benefits that will assist you and / or your organisation to provide high quality outdoor experiences.

In short, are you one of the following:

  • Outdoor recreation providers
  • Operators and facilitators of outdoor recreation programs
  • Schools that have run their own outdoor centres or participate in outdoor educationoor practice standards
  • TAFEs, universities, colleges and vocational institutions delivering courses, training and skills development in outdoor recreation, education, adventure tourism or adventure/nature therapy
  • Schools and groups that conduct or participate in the The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

  • Adventure activity and adventure tourism operators
  • Organisations providing facilities used in outdoor education
  • Organisations providing nature-based tourism services or nature therapy

  • Organisations that provide equipment and services to the outdoor community
  • Land Managers and other stakeholders connected to the outdoor community


77,000 – Full time equivalent jobs attributable to outdoor recreation in NSW in 2018.

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