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News - Calling for nominations to become Climbing & Abseiling TWG members (closed)


Calling for nominations to become Climbing & Abseiling TWG members

The Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) Steering Committee is now seeking to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft the activity specific AAS for Climbing & Abseiling.

The activity AAS will hold all the provisions that are applicable to Climbing & Abseiling and will utilise the ‘core standard’ as its base. The ‘core standard’ covers topics such as risk management frameworks, emergency management plans, child safety and sun safety.

The activity AAS will cover any specific ‘Climbing & Abseiling’ planning, participant, environment, leadership and equipment provisions.

Interested? Please read on.   (You can download the invitation here)

The task
The Australian Adventure Activity Standards will provide the best practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of outdoor adventure activities with dependent participants. This TWG will be working on the standards for led Climbing & Abseiling activities.

For further information on the Australian AAS, please visit the website

The Climbing & Abseiling activity AAS with be focused on specific provisions (i.e. requirements, recommendations and/or considerations) for Climbing & Abseiling on rock and artificial surfaces. These will be “added” to the ‘core standard’ to form the “whole” Climbing & Abseiling standard. The TWG will need to review the ‘core standard’ and then determine what additional provisions are needed for the Climbing & Abseiling AAS.

The Australian AAS Secretariat has been working to help identify existing Climbing & Abseiling provisions from all the available existing AAS along with potential ideas from international standards and related sources. The TWG will have the opportunity to suggest ideas to inform the development of a preliminary draft from which to start to develop the Climbing & Abseiling AAS.

Once a draft is completed, public consultation will then take place. Feedback from consultation will then be collated by the Secretariat and reviewed by the TWG, before finalising the exact provisions for the Climbing & Abseiling AAS.

The TWG process
Most of the work will be conducted via an online platform to complete document edits and hold written discussions. There will also be telephone conference meetings to discuss matters and make decisions. Given the likelihood of TWG members being located throughout Australia, it will not be time or cost effective to be able to hold face to face meetings.

A Chair of the TWG will be selected from its members to facilitate the workings of the TWG. The Secretariat will be available to support the TWG and the Chair through providing draft provisions and briefing documents, organising teleconferences, conduct research, assistance with the AAS development and liaising with the Steering Committee on the TWG’s behalf. A code of conduct, Terms of Reference and writing style guide for TWG members will also help guide the workings of the TWG.

About you
Skills & qualities
You will have broad expertise and experience in either or both Climbing & Abseiling in different settings and ideally with a range of different types of dependent participants. Climbing includes top rope and lead climbing. Both climbing and abseiling includes activities on natural surfaces (i.e. rock) and artificial walls and surfaces. You might also have experience in the delivery of different adventure activities although experience with Climbing and/or Abseiling is essential.

You would also have experience within organisations that deliver Climbing and/or Abseiling adventure activities at a management level. A sound understand of the relationships between organisational requirements and what happens during the activity is also required.

You will also have an understanding or experience on what impact some of the following have in providing Climbing & Abseiling activities for dependent participants:

  • government regulation, land manager requirements, relevant other international/Australian standards, available qualifications and outdoor sector needs
  • organisational management experience in an organisation such as volunteer groups & clubs, tourism, recreation, outdoor education and training providers
  • operational requirements in providing Climbing and/or Abseiling activities e.g. environment considerations, procedures, leadership requirements & equipment requirements
  • different systems for climbing e.g. top rope, lead climbing, top and bottom belays, single and multi-pitch, sports climbing, bouldering
  • different systems for abseiling e.g. single and multi-pitch
  • different environmental conditions e.g. rock, artificial climbing walls, abseiling/climbing towers etc.
  • You may have helped develop standards previously and/or have had involvement in organisational policy and procedure development and implementation.

Time commitment
It is estimated it may require approximately 10-20 hours work in total. It is difficult to judge the exact time commitment required. The key determinant depends on the amount of discussion and decisions required regarding the preliminary provisions proposed.

Development will start to take place about Mar/April 2017. Public consultation will then occur, so members would also need to be available for final revision of feedback after the consultation period.

There will not be face to face meetings. Internet access will be essential to use the online platform for drafting and conducting online discussions via a commenting system. This allows members great flexibility in when they can contribute, as they will be able to log on whenever is most convenient for them.

A limited number of teleconferences with a set agenda may also held at a mutually convenient time and date with preference given to Monday to Thursdays. Given the possibility of interstate time differences, the most likely timing for these will be from midday (AEDT) onwards. The length of teleconferences will likely be limited to between 1 and 1.5 hours.

How to nominate

To complete the online nomination form go to

Nominations close at 9.00am (AEDT) 23th Jan 2017.

More information:

Between 12th – 15th Dec 2016 and 17th – 23th Jan 2017: Australian AAS Secretariat Murray Irwin at or on 0467 447 705

Between 19Th – 23rd Dec 2016 and 9th – 13th Jan 2017: Australian AAS Chair Dom Courtney on 07 3369 9455

The Australian Adventure Activity Standards is being supported by Outdoors WA.

The current WA Adventure Activity Standards can be viewed here.

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