Current Research

The key to a better business is being informed. Research always plays an important role in being informed. This page is added to continuously so keep an eye on additions to our research database.  


The industry is invited to participate in current research.

1. Camp Provider Survey - CURRENTLY OPEN 

Camp providers make up a large part of the Outdoor Education Industry and service school children to build skills of resilience, social connection, adventure, and improve mental health. Many schools program this activity as an essential to their yearly calendar whilst other schools may not.



As an organisation we have no understanding of the following;

  1. Number of schools in NSW that are programming Outdoor Education into their yearly calendar

  2. Number of schools in NSW that are not programming Outdoor Education into their yearly calendar

  3. What are the obstacles/perceptions of the schools that do NOT program Outdoor Education


Desired Outcomes

  • Quantitative information pertaining to participation in Outdoor Education by schools in NSW

  • Qualitative information pertaining to perception, participation, and obstacles in Outdoor Education by schools

  • Other findings that relate to increasing participation in Outdoor Education by school children in NSW


2. Climate Change - CURRENTLY OPEN 

Outdoors NSW & ACT have a Climate Change Sub-Committee looking at ways the industry can lead in areas relating to Climate Change. 

They need your help to understand what the current status is and what the industry are currently doing in this area. Please send 3minutes in completing this survey if you are an Outdoor business. 



Thanks to the Outdoor Industry Association USA the attached report looks at the impact on the US Outdoor Industry and its ongoing impacts. 

Click here to read the report


CAMP Pricing Report 

In understanding the challenges in pricing camps for schools, Outdoors NSW & ACT conducted a price report and made it available to participants of the data collection. 

The findings were significant on understanding location, seasonality and the differences between processes on "FOC" considerations. 

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Outdoor Industry

Connect & Share Forums

Every week Outdoors NSW & ACT has been hosting a Connect & Share forum for our industry on current topics, opportunities, and issues. All of these sessions are recorded and available for members to reference.

Links to all sessions can be located via our YouTube channel.

Topics that have been covered include; 

- Insurance in the outdoor sector 

- working with children compliance 

- tourism promotion and working with destinations 

- opportunities within inland NSW 

- strategic planning 

- avalanche research and monitoring 

- environment and climate change 

- updates from key industry partners 

- and much more...


For other tools and resources, login via your member user ID and gain access to research, data and much more. 

Journal of Outdoor & Environment Education

Members of Outdoors NSW & ACT are able to 'add-on' a JOEE subscription to their membership to keep up to date on academic papers relating to the Australian Outdoor Industry. 
Register for your subscription here.