March 2014 newsletter
Active April, Nature Play Week, a policy agenda for the outdoors community, and more More info »


Media Release: funding cuts for outdoor training
Skills crisis looms as Victorian Government confirms drastic funding cuts for outdoor training programs. More info »


New CEO Appointed
The Board of Outdoors Victoria is delighted to announce the appointment of Charles ("Chuck") Berger to the position of Chief Executive Officer. More info »


Submission to DEPI
Outdoors Victoria has made a submission to the National Parks Camping and Accommodation Fees Regulatory Impact Statement. More info »


Draft AAS Paddling in Inland Waterways
Deadline for feedback extended to: 14 February 2014 More info »


Welcome to Outdoors Victoria

Outdoor Education 2014

“Growing our Community of Practice”

Please click here for final agenda

Full program


Outdoors Victoria is delighted to announce that registrations are now open for this year’s most important gathering for Victoria’s community of outdoor educators!

Outdoor Education 2014 will focus on how teachers and students of outdoor education can best support one another, as part of a thriving community of practice.

The conference will feature a talk by Dr Eric Brymer (QUT Faculty of Health), presentations and discussions of outdoor curriculum, safety and risk management, and sustainability; an adventure film night, and much more. 

But this is not like ordinary conferences, which too often feel like just a long series of lectures. Instead, Outdoor Education 2014 will involve you in structured discussions, debates and information sharing designed to grow us as a stronger community for the long term. As well as gaining knowledge and stories from some of Victoria’s most thought-provoking educators, you’ll have the chance to air ideas of your own, and discuss how to make them a reality.

The final agenda for the conference will be available soon!

Dates: June 15-16

Location: Somers School Camp, Somers, Mornington Peninsula

Registration is limited, so sign up now!

$170.00       2-day registration

$55.00         2-day registration (full time student) *NEW DISCOUNTED PRICES

$106.00       1-day registration

$34.00      1-day registration (full time student) *NEW DISCOUNTED PRICES


Accommodation: $32.00 per night on-site accommodation at Somers, including breakfast.  On-site accommodation is limited to 160 places available for Sunday night, so register now to ensure you have a space.

Conference dinner: $43.00 for dinner on Sunday night

Eventbrite - Outdoor Education 2014

 Have a look highlights videaos from the 2014 festival which will be screening at the Conference on Sunday night!

 Outdoors Victoria

"Live life outdoors"

A not-for-profit, membership organisation, Outdoors Victoria (OV) provides advocacy, representation, support, coordination, research, information services and policy development for members and other interested parties. 

The outdoors sector broadly encompasses four areas:



Victorian Adventure Activity Standards

review_aas.gifThe Victorian Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) are available for use by all outdoors sector businesses and operations. Click on the picture to be taken to the AAS section of the website.



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DEECD Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors            

 The Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors support the planning and approval of: overnight excursions; camps; interstate and overseas visits; excursions requiring sea or air travel; excursions involving weekends or vacations; and adventure activities. The Safety Guidelines are available here.

Severe Weather Planning

sw.jpgThe Guidance Note 'Management of Outdoor Activities for Severe Weather Conditions' is available here.

It provides guidelines for planning issues such as 'severe weather sites' and 'trigger points' as well a specific action for bushfire, thunderstorms, severe wind, lightning strikes and more.

Weather conditions

bom_logo.gifThe Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website provides up-to-date information relating to weather that may play a critical role in your safety and success in the outdoors.  Essential services provided by the BOM include weather warnings for Victoria, a range of local, district and state level forecasts, flood warnings and charts as well as a wide range of educational resources to help with planning. To find out more click Victorian Weather and Warnings

Victoria's Parks

 PVHP logos_cmyk_H.jpg Parks Victoria website provides current details on conditions for participating in outdoor recreational activities within the state's parks at,-flood-and-other-closures

 Visiting Victoria

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DTPLI logo.jpgOutdoors Victoria is proudly supported by Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV).     

SRV maximises the economic and social benefits provided to all Victorians by the sport and recreation sector through:



Page last updated: 12 Jun 2014