There are some great research projects in Australia and internationally that can:

  • Reinforce the needs to encourage participation in the outdoors
  • Provide quantitative data to improve practice
  • Validate benefits of participation in outdoor pursuits

Outdoors NSW supports the following research projects:

Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data Base System — UPLOADS

This is an incident reporting and learning system for the outdoor education, recreation and adventure sector in Australia. This is a major collaboration between the Australian led outdoor activity sector, the University of Sunshine Coast and Federation University.
To read more about the UPLOADS project go here.

Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance — OYPRA

This is an Australian group looking at the health and well being benefits of outdoor programs for youth. The Alliance is hosted by the Murdock Childrens Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. The team includes representative from the health search sector, outdoor industry, government bodies, and non-profit organisations.
To read more about the OYPRA project go here

Outdoors NSW monitors research publications to bring relevant information to the outdoor community to improve practice.

If you are working on a current research project and would like to share your work with the outdoor community, please reach out and get in touch.



Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAS)

Outdoors NSW is excited to be a member of the Steering Committee for the creation of Australian Adventure Activity Standards. The project is supported by CASRO, State and Territory Governments and the outdoor community in Australia.

The AAS for 21 activities will be developed over a three year period. The process is underway and includes extensive consultation with the outdoor community in Australia.

The new Australian AAS will provide a best practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of a wide range of outdoor adventure activities throughout Australia.

This new national approach will make it easier for activity providers to operate in multiple jurisdictions, improve professional portability, and raise safety standards for participants.

As part of this initiative NSW’s 10 AAS have been streamlined and combined into the 22 Australian Activity Standards which will improve community and customer outdoor experiences.

These standards will be freely available here for reference and download once available.

NSW AAS will remain current until such time as the Australian AAS for that activity is finalised.

Current Standards available here AUS AAS for reference 


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