OutdoorsMark Categories


OutdoorsMark categories:


1) OutdoorsMark: SMS Document Review


If operators offer activities on public conservation land, they need to obtain a concession from the Department of Conservation.


OutdoorsMark Document Review certification is proof of an independently audited safety plan and meets the requirements of the Department of Conservation's concession process.

2) OutdoorsMark: Adventure Activities


If operators offer adventure activities that come within the scope of the Adventure Activities Regulations they must pass a safety audit to be registered.


OutdoorsMark Adventure Activities certification enables an operation to be registered, and thus conform to the regulations.


This category only covers the activities listed in the Adventure Activity Regulations. Any other activities offered by the operator, that are not covered by the regulations, will not be audited.

3) OutdoorsMark: Premium


Operators who are not covered under any regulations but want an OutdoorsMark audit including an onsite evaluation.


4) OutdoorsMark: Adventure Activities plus Premium


Operators who offer regulated adventure activities, as well as other activities, may want to have their whole operation included in the OutdoorsMark audit.


All categories of the OutdoorsMark audit are rigorous:


For AA and Premium audits, operators must undertake a self-assessment and provide audit evidence for a document review, followed by an onsite evaluation. The document review assesses the operator’s safety management system; the onsite evaluation assesses the implementation of the safety management system in the field. An activity systems check and implementation evaluation also needs to be undertaken by a Technical Expert/s (for AA audits) and Auditor (for Premium audits).


For SMS DR audits, operators must undertake a self assessment and provide audit evidence for a document review only (offsite).


All categories satisfy Department of Conservation concession requirements.