SEEK ID Job Portal

THE OPPORTUNITY:
To provide led outdoor experiences to our communities, organisations need outdoor leaders.
Australia’s Outdoor Sector has faced many challenges with COVID-19 restrictions disallowing all organised activities to be conducted. As a sector that relies on somewhat transient, seasonal and demand-driven Human Resources, many outdoor leaders were simply laid off during the 10 weeks of closure. Outdoor staff were forced to find other income sources and even relocate from their locations.
As bookings recommence for organised outdoor activities and the sector’s engine starts to rev up again, the need for the recovery of people lost over this time is real. As a result, the outdoor sector is facing an unprecedented number of job applications to prepare for full return to the delivery of wonderful services that we offer.
The Outdoor Council of Australia recognised that the sector’s profile could be enhanced to attract new youth and industry-changers the world of organised outdoor activities. Creating a career opportunity portal for all outdoor positions could not only introduce more potential talent into the outdoor sector, but also increase the exposure of the sector to a broader audience.
As a result, the federal peak body has partnered with SEEK to bring you one link for all outdoor leader positions. This offering from SEEK will be promoted by all state peak bodies and the Outdoor Council of Australia.
SEEK is the one of the largest job seeker sites in Australia, and gains exposure to 2.9 billion people world-wide and 18 countries. As a Melbourne creation, SEEK has a strong exposure in Australia with an average of 20 million visits per month.
HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED
If you are an organisation that requires positions filled in the near future or down the track, provide your SEEK ID number to your State’s Outdoor Peak Body and they will ensure your adverts get pulled into the Outdoor portal for all jobs available in the sector.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
Nothing more than the cost of the advert you place – there is no surcharge for being included in the Outdoor portal. This added exposure is courtesy of your wonderful peak outdoor organisations
WHEN WILL IT BE LIVE
If we get enough SEEK ID Numbers from outdoor organisations to test the site we expect to have it live from 1 July.

Regional Referral Network – Outdoor Sector

As indicated in our recent member forums, we are creating a regional referral register to help share business in the sector in the regions you are located. As we gear up for full return to trade, some of you may find you can’t facilitate some booking requests. We want to make sure we keep these activities in the sector by referring them to others on the register who might be able to help.
Complete the form attached to this link and you will be added to your regions register. This list will then be shared amongst those who have registered. Referral Network Survey

OCA Template To Assist Outdoor Providers 

The Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA) has produced a template to assist outdoor organisations to undertake safety/risk management planning regarding issues posed by COVID-19 – “COVID-19 Management Plan Template for Group Based Outdoor Activities” OCA Management Plan Template
The template draws on the work that was invested by the OCA in the “OCA Framework for Rebooting Outdoor Activities” OCA Framework for Rebooting Outdoor Activities in a COVID-19 Environment
The COVID-19 Management Plan Template for Group Based Outdoor Activities has been produced to assist organisations in planning for resumption of group activities in a safe and considered way. 
This template is intended to be used as a general guide, and assist organisations to cover the appropriate issues. Your organisation may have additional issues that need to be included in your Safety/Risk Management Plan. 
The OCA is made up of peak outdoor organisations from across the country, which have collaborated to create this template for the entire outdoor activity sector. The OCA exists to serve the Australian outdoor sector, and looks forward to assisting outdoor operators, large and small, right across the country.
 
Please contact the NSW / ACT peak outdoor organisation if you have queries/concerns or if you have any feedback on the template or if you would like a word version of the template for your use, Please contact info@outdoorsnsw.org.au 

Research and Resources

Australian Curriculum

The outdoor learning connection provides a framework for students to experience guided, integrated learning across the curriculum in natural environments. Students have the opportunity to gain unique and specific benefits from outdoor learning. They develop skills and understandings while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting the sustainable use of these environments NSW monitors research publications to bring relevant information to the outdoor community to improve practice. To learn more visit Australian Curriculum

The Uploads Project

The latest infographic from the UPLOADS Team demonstrates that incidents reported to UPLOADS differ regarding activity type, incident type, and incident severity as a function of organisation size.
To learn more visit uploadsproject.org

The Economic Contribution of Australia’s Nature Based Outdoor Recreation Sector

Nature-based outdoor recreation activities form a major part of the Australian lifestyle. The benefits of participation in these activities are far-reaching and significant. However, up until now, these benefits have been largely unknown.

New research has now established preliminary estimates regarding the important economic contributions of this sector in order to support the identification of skills and training needs for the future workforce. To learn more visit SKILLSIQ

Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education – JOEE

The journal provides an academic forum in which empirical and non-empirical research concerning outdoor and environmental education can be shared and discussed. The primary aim of the journal is to positively influence the development of outdoor and environmental education practice and theory both in Australia and across the world. To learn more visit SPRINGER

Sport Aus –  AusPlay Reports

AusPlay provides data on the most popular participation sports and activities in Australia and who is participating in them. To learn more visit AUSPLAY

NSW Nature Based Economy (Marsden and Jacobs report) 

View report here

Outdoor Education Australia Digital Library

The OEA Digital Library is a growing collection of resources compiled for the benefit of outdoor educators — or those studying to be outdoor educators — who are members of an association affiliated with Outdoor Education Australia. To learn more visit OEA

Australian Curriculum

The outdoor learning connection provides a framework for students to experience guided, integrated learning across the curriculum in natural environments. Students have the opportunity to gain unique and specific benefits from outdoor learning. They develop skills and understandings while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting the sustainable use of these environments NSW monitors research publications to bring relevant information to the outdoor community to improve practice. To learn more visit Australian Curriculum

Commercial recreation and tour operators – Parks Eco Pass

Parks Eco Pass is the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service system for licensing operators of commercial tours, recreational and educational activities in parks.

The Parks Eco Pass system streamlines licensing and creates consistency in this process in national parks across New South Wales. It offers:

  • one licence (obtained through one application) that allows your business to operate all your licensed activities, in more than one park
  • a single fee structure for the whole state
  • the ability to transfer your licence if you sell the business (for 3 and 10 year licensed operators)
  • licence terms of up to 10 years
  • a dedicated team and key contact point
  • a streamlined application process.

To learn more visit Environment NSW

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 

For what a great outdoors we have! From our legendary Snowy Mountains to the Pacific playground that is our coastline, from our western plains to our stately national parks – all 780 of them covering 8% of our 809,444km2 region.

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