In March 2011, the WA Federation of Bushwalkers (now known as Bushwalking WA)
approved the Council of Bushwalking Australia's National
Risk Management Guidelines. This approval followed extensive consultation
with and input from the Federation.
The purpose of these guidelines as agreed by the
Federation is as follows:
1. To clarify the responsibility of the Federation
of WA Bushwalkers and its Members in regard to this matter.
2. To raise awareness among our Members as to the
importance of managing risk with a primary focus on developing
a culture of care within our bushwalking club network so that
- Enjoy activities in a reasonably safe manner
whilst acknowledging the risks of injury inherent in their clubs
- Understand that all participants have a duty
of care to each other.
- Take responsibility for their own safety within
the limit of their knowledge, experience and skills.
Except for the mandatory requirements in section
6.0 of the Risk Management Guidelines the application of these
guidelines is voluntary.
They are designed to help each club be systematic
about risk management and to implement a risk management program
suitable for their clubs range of activities so as to enable
those clubs to develop safe operating procedures for the activities
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