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Safety in the Outdoors

By its very nature, adventure and exploration in the outdoors comes with some risks.

To help operators manage these risks to the best of their ability, the sector has developed the Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) and related Good Practice Guides (GPGs) endorsed by a meeting of the State and Territory Sport and Recreation Ministers of Australia in 2019.

Links to the standards are provided below in addition to a range of resources provided by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety which has responsibility for Work Health and Safety Act 2020.

The new Work Health and Safety Act was rolled out in WA in March 2022 and sees a harmonization of laws across the country.

Importantly, for outdoor business operators in Western Australia, they need to ensure they understand the regulations and associated penalties that have been introduced for contravention of the Act.

Work Health & Safety ACT

Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) & Good Practice Guides

Link to individual Good Practice Guides 

Guidance Note For Outdoor Activities to prepare for Bushfire and Severe Weather Conditions

WorkSafe Guidance

  • Flying Foxes / Zip Lines

Flying Foxes are defined by the Work Health and Safety General Regulations as an “Amusement device”.  General guidance for operators of Amusement Devices can be found here:  Amusement devices – A guide for local government.  Moreover, a set of specific requirements for flying foxes under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 can be found here: Health and Safety Bulletin No. 6 Requirements for flying foxes (zip lines) under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022.  The bulleting includes details on maintenance, inspection and testing requirements.

Additionally, SafeZipline in WA provides the following assessment tool:  Assessment Tool (

  • Quad Bikes

Quad bikes are not covered under the AAAS & GPG.  However, given their prevalence, we wanted to share – Quad bike safety  |  Quad bikes in workplaces

Incident Reporting

The UPLOADS Project (Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System) is a collaboration between researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Edith Cowan University, and Australian outdoor education and recreation associations, providers and government departments providing valuable insights into managing risks in the industry.  UPLOADS provides the industry with a platform to upload incident data that can be used to support in future injury prevention activities, and lead to a reduction in injuries and a safer outdoor recreation sector for all.

Outdoors WA actively encourages providers register with UPLOADS . You can sign up to the app to contribute data here: here.

You can also view this year’s annual report here: Annual_Report_2022_2023