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Outdoor Education Australia - a national network of outdoor education associations

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Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations, with member associations representing thousands of practising outdoor educators, teachers and organisations across Australia.

OEA defines its primary purpose as "to facilitate communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education throughout Australia."

The following Associations are the inaugural members of OEA:

  • ACT Outdoor Education Association (ACTOEA)
  • Outdoor Educators’ Association of South Australia (OEASA)
  • Outdoor Educators’ Association of Queensland (OEAQ)
  • Outdoor Recreation Industry Council (NSW)
  • Outdoors WA
  • Tasmanian Outdoor Education Teachers’ Association (TOETA); and
  • Victorian Outdoor Education Association (VOEA).

Northern Territory does not as yet have an outdoor education association. Presently, OEA is directing interested members to other state associations.

Outdoor Education Australia is an advocate for:

  • outdoor education for all Australian school students from Years R–10
  • senior outdoor education available as a study pathway for Year 11 and 12 in all states and territories
  • tertiary outdoor education study pathways in university in all states and territories
  • national guidelines for the tertiary training of outdoor education professionals; and
  • national guidelines for R–12 outdoor education curriculum.

In addition, OEA has a number of strategic goals. These include:

  • the development of a national outdoor education research, information and program database
  • strong membership of state based outdoor education organisations
  • strong communication with members regarding national outdoor education issues
  • strong voice in national matters concerning outdoor education; and
  • communication with international outdoor education organisations.

Outdoor Education Australia is also a member of the Outdoor Council of Australia.

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