Risk Management Frameworks – putting the pieces together

Mr Simon Wilson1

1YARS – Dept for Child Protection SA, Adelaide, Australia


Among the numerous requirements of the new Australian Adventure Activity Standards is the need for providers to have a risk management framework.

An effective risk management framework facilitates a clear understanding of what is required by the provider to effectively manage risks.

This presentation is not academic in nature – it is presented by a risk management practitioner for others who may be required to practice the manage risks for outdoor programs.

Using a pictorial representation of my most recent risk management framework I will run through each of the components of the framework – what roles they fulfill and how they work together to provide holistic risk management.

My aim for this presentation is for the attendees to leave feeling confident that they can understand and put into practice a simple risk management framework.

Simon Wilson has a an outdoor career spanning over 25 years in South Australia, NSW and China/HK. He has worked as an guide and instructor, outdoor education manager, operations manager and risk manager over that time. He has extensive experience in tourism, outdoor education, experiential learning and is now working in Adventure Therapy. Simon has a keen interest in activity standards and risk management in the outdoors and has presented at previous conferences on these subjects.

Simon entered the outdoor industry though his love of climbing and has a climbing career of over 30 years which includes numerous difficult first ascents around Australia and Asia as well as many competitions up to world cup level. Simon also enjoys bush walking, mountain biking, kayaking and being immersed in the outdoors with a camera in hand.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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