Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.
Outdoor Education Australia builds on the work of its predecessor, the Australian Outdoor Education Council. Today OEA, through its state and territory member associations, represent thousands of practising outdoor educators, teachers and organisations across Australia. Each of its members associations nominates two people to serve on the OEA committee. The 2022 representatives are:
- Australian Capital Territory – (currently comes under N.S.W.)
- New South Wales – Outdoors NSW – Peter Kent and Mark Brackenreg
- Northern Territory Outdoor Education Association – Constantin Gerasimon and David Atkins
- Queensland – Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland – Peter McKenna (OEA Chair, pic below) and Brendon Munge/Glyn Thomas
- South Australia – Outdoor Educators’ Association of South Australia – Chris Hodgson and Scott Polley/Nick Glover
- Tasmania – Outdoor Education Tasmania– Sam Cramer and Kaylah Rataj
- Victoria – Outdoors Victoria – Marcus Morse and Stephen McMurtrie
- Western Australia – Outdoors WA – Colin Thurlow and Peter Treeby
- JOEE Rep – John Quay
OEA is a member of the Outdoor Council of Australia, which represents organisations and individuals that use outdoor adventure activities for recreation, education, tourism, personal or corporate development.