Outdoor Acronyms

Acronyms in the Outdoors

Acronym: an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word

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Acronyms in the outdoors

Acronym Translation
AAS Adventure Activity Standards
AAAS Australian Adventure Activity Standards
ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
AC Australian Canoeing
ACA Australian Camps Association
ACAQ Australian Climbing Association of Queensland
ACIA Australian Climbing Instructors Association
ACTOEA ACT Outdoor Education Association
ANZSIC Australia & New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification
AQFC Australian Qualifications Framework Council
ARC Active Recreation Centre/s
ATHRA Australian Trail Horse Riders Association
BCC Brisbane City Council
BCU British Canoe uniob
BWQ Bushwalking Queensland
CSH Community Services and Health
CVA Christian Venues Association
CVI Christian Venues International
DETE Dept of Education, Training and Employment
DLGP Dept of Local Government & Planning
DSDIP Dept of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
DoC Dept of Communities, Child Safety and Disbility Services
DoE Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
DPC Dept of Premier and Cabinet
DSDIP Dept of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
DTMR Dept of Transport and Main Roads
EQ Education Queensland
FNQ Far North Queensland
GCCC Gold Coast City Council
IAC Industry Advisory Council
IBSA Innovation and Business Skills Australia
IMBA International Mountain Bicycling Association
ISC Industry Skills Council
JAG Justice & Attorney General
LGA Local Government Authority
LGAQ Local Government Association of Queensland
LNT Leave No Trace
MBRC Moreton Bay Regional Council
MSQ Maritime Safety Queensland
MTBA Mountain Bike Australia
NCVER National Centre for Vocational Education Research
NGO Non-governmental organisation
NOLRS National Outdoor Leader Registration Scheme
NOSS National Outdoor Sector Survey
NPAQ National Parks Association of Queensland
NPQLD Nature Play QLD
NPSR Dept of National Parks, Sport and Racing
NRM Natural Resource Management
NSSC National Skills Standards Council
OBA Outward Bound Australia
OCA Outdoor Council of Australia
OEA Outdoor Education Australia
OEAQ Outdoor Educators’ Association of Queensland
OEASA Outdoor Educators’ Association South Australia
OEG Outdoor Education Group
OR Outdoor Recreation
ORC Outdoor Recreation Centre (Victoria)
ORF Outdoor Recreation Forum
ORIC Outdoor Recreation Industry Council (NSW)
OV Outdoors Victoria
OWA Outdoors Western Australia
OYPRA The Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance
PA Project Adventure
PACI Professional Association of Climbing Instructors
PCYC Police Citizens Youth Club
PLA Parks and Leisure Australia
PLAQ Parks and Leisure Australia Queensland
QBWA Queensland Bulk Water Authority
QC Queensland Canoeing
QDF Quality Declaration Framework
QFRSSA Queensland Fitness, Recreation & Sport Skills Alliance
QH Queensland Health
QHTWG Queensland Horse Trail Working Group
QORF Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Inc
QPWS Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
QSA Queensland Studies Authority
RecSA Recreation South Australia
RLOSAC Regional Landscape Open Space Advisory Committee
RPL Recognition of Prior Learning
RTO Registered Training Organisation
S&R Search & Rescue
SA Skills Alliance (QFSR Skills Alliance)
SAQ Skills Alliance Queensland
SCORS Standing Committee on Recreation & Sport
SCRC Sunshine Coast Regional Council
SEQ South East Queensland
SRS Sport & Recreation Services
SSA Service Skills Australia
SSQ Skilling Solutions Queensland
TAFE Technical and Further Education
TNIT Tropical North Institute of TAFE
TOETA Tasmanian Outdoor Education Teachers Association
TQ Toursim Queensland
TRAQ Trail Running Association of Queensland
UPLOADS Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System
VET Vocational Education and Training
VOEA Victorian Outdoor Education Association
WH&S Workplace Health & Safety
WWF World Wildlife Fund


Acronym Translation
AWOL Absent with out leave
BASE Building, Antenna, Span, Earth (as in BASE Jumping)
CLAP Communication, Line of Sight, Avoidance, Position (of max. usefulness)
EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FIGJAM F__K I’m good, Just ask me!
FUBAR F___ed Up Beyond All Recognition
GPS Global Positioning System
GROW Goal, Reality (current), Options, Way forward
MTB Mountain bike
PLB Personal Locator Beacon
PB Personal Best


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