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The OEG philosophy
Survive in the real world. Succeed in real life.

We believe that nothing prepares kids for real life like the real world. And that bumps to the body and bruises to the ego early on in life make them stronger and harder to break later.

Life is full of obstacles. Knees will get grazed. Egos, bruised. Sometimes, it will all feel like too much. But it’s not about being too strong to fall. It’s about being tough enough to get back up.


We help young Australians realise their personal best by putting them to the test. Help them to apply themselves, so they can find themselves.

We help kids grow. We help schools perform. And help parents enjoy more mature, independent children. From providing industry-leading preset courses to fully-tailored, curriculum-integrated programs, we connect with schools across the country to bring education outdoors.

We partner with schools to complement and enhance curriculums. And bring theory to life in the real world. We challenge students. Guide discovery. And provide experiences in some of the world’s most diverse and beautiful natural environments.


As Australia’s most established outdoor education provider, we’ve not just got years of experience; we’re prepared for everything the future’s yet to bring.

We have access to more facilities, land, gear, and people than any other provider. We provide the widest range of hard and soft-top camps, journeys, courses, and outdoor activities across Australia.

We employ 200+ diversely talented and experienced staff, and even have our own accredited training academy. To date, we’ve educated and cared for 2 million students (and counting).

And we’re just getting started.


We understand that safety is paramount. And that challenge isn’t a synonym for danger. So though we may push students outside their comfort zone — physically, mentally, or emotionally — we always keep them within arm’s reach.

We have great Risk Management Systems and Processes. In fact, the best in the business. It is the #1 reason why our clients use us. At OEG, Risk Management is at the heart of everything that we do; before, during, and after program.

Our standards align with Adventure Activity Standards, as well as international standards, and reflect over 30 years of industry leading experience. Our risk management team regularly travel the globe to bring home the very best people, tools and information. We never stop learning.


We believe that nothing prepares kids for real life like the real world. And that bumps to the body and bruises to the ego early on in life make them stronger and harder to break later.

We give kids the desire to overcome difficulties. Lessons and learnings with longterm benefits. A taste for toughing it out. And a better understanding of both themselves, and their place in the world around them.

We know that outdoor education is more than hard top camps and hikes; it’s teaching kids universal skills that will serve them well for life — wherever it may take them.


Life is full of obstacles. Knees will get grazed. Egos, bruised. Sometimes, it will all feel like too much. But it’s not about being too strong to fall. It’s about being tough enough to get back up.

We believe that the ability to push forward is one of the most important disciplines one can learn. We believe it’s how we deal with adversity and solve problems that counts. How we handle situations and treat people that matters.


Our style of hands-on learning leads to tangible skills that help turn young students into young adults. It’s here where what is taught is truly learned.

But it’s not just tying knots and lighting fires; we’re not just teaching techniques. We teach by encouraging students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom; to understand the objective driving their decisions, and the outcome of their actions.

How can we help you to deepen your students’ knowledge through personal experience? Get in touch, and find out how we can partner with your school to tailor our programs to suit your curriculum.


There is an old and very wise Native American saying: Every time you point a finger in scorn – there are three remaining fingers pointing right back at you.

We take our responsibility seriously. We take extra measures to ensure all staff are up-to-date and accredited. Which includes having our own training program - meaning we can guarantee quality.

We get in touch and we stay in touch. Because we believe that teamwork, makes the dream work. We provide the personnel touch. Place staff on-campus and have them work face-to-face with teachers and parents. This allows them to be involved and personalise camps + journeys to meet specific needs.


“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.”
- Sir David Attenborough

We don’t just want to keep Australia beautiful. We see the Australia of tomorrow as a bolder, more vibrant, more beautiful place. And we know the Australia of tomorrow starts with the students of today.

We believe that understanding and enjoying the outdoors is an essential part of every student’s education. And that every person can and should play a active role in preserving and where possible, renewing it. Whether indoors or outdoors, we take care of the environments we live and work in. And take it upon ourselves to leave them as good, or better than we found them.


We have a side-arm consultancy service for Australian schools and organisations who conduct off-site activities, camps, and excursions, led by our very own Clare Dallat, an international scholar and practitioner in risk management.

Because we understand the importance of safety and are here to share that information. Clare has a Masters Degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. Has completed and published PhD research. And is a regular presenter at national, and international forums.

Read some of Clare’s peer-reviewed research and findings.

All about the Teacher, the Rain and the Backpack: The Lack of a Systems Approach to Risk Assessment in School Outdoor Education Programs.

Communicating Risk with Parents: Exploring the Methods and Beliefs of Outdoor Education Coordinators in Victoria, Australia.

- Dallat, C., Salmon, P.M., & Goode, N. (2017). Risky systems versus Risky people: To what extent do risk assessment methods consider the systems approach to accident causation? A review of the literature. Safety Science.

- Dallat, C., Salmon, P. M., & Goode, N. (2017). The NETworked Hazard Analysis and Risk Management System (NET-HARMS). Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, DOI:10.1080/1463922X.2017.1381197.

- Dallat, C., Goode, N., & Salmon, P.M. (2017). “She’ll be right”. Or Will She? Practitioner perspectives on risk assessment for led outdoor activities in Australia. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. DOI: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1377090

- Dallat, C. (2012). Risk Communication. Dickson, T., & Gray, T. in Risk Management in the Outdoors: A Whole of Organization Approach for Education, Sport and Recreation. Cambridge University Press, Melbourne. pp. 150 – 164.

- Dallat, C. (2009). Communicating risk with parents: exploring the methods and beliefs of outdoor education coordinators in Victoria, Australia. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education. Vol. 13, No 1. pp. 3-15.

- Dallat, C., Salmon, P. M., Goode, N. (2016). More than People, Equipment and Environment; the design of a risk assessment method which considers hazards and risks throughout the led outdoor system, 7th International Outdoor Education Research Conference Book of Abstracts, pp.96-97

- Dallat, C., Goode, N., & Salmon, P.M. (2015). All about the teacher, the rain and the backpack… the lack of a systems approach to risk assessment in school outdoor education programs. AHFE 2015 Conference Proceedings ISBN: 978-1-4951-6042-4

- Salmon, P. M., Dallat, C., Clacy, A. (2017). More than just the bike: distributed situation awareness and teamwork in elite women’s cycling teams. In Contemporary Ergonomics 2017, Proceedings of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Annual Conference, April, Daventry, UK.

- Salmon, P. M., Goode, N., Taylor, N., Dallat, C., Finch, C., Lenne, M. G. (2016). Rasmussen’s legacy in the great outdoors: a new incident reporting and learning system for led outdoor activities. Applied Ergonomics.

Practitioner Articles

- Dallat, C. (2016, April 29). All Burnt Out: Extinguishing Old Assumptions around Outdoor Cooking [Web log post]. Retrieved from

- Dallat, C. (2017, Feb 19) Time to confront the bear in outdoor program safety; aligning what we now know with what we’re currently doing. One practitioner’s call to action. Retrieved from

Want to know more? Get in touch.

our board


Our board is the most experienced outdoor education and risk management team in Australia. They have a wealth of experience. And are committed to creating the best possible outcomes for students, schools, communities, and parents alike.

Chair, Margaret Webb OAM

Margaret ’s career has been in education. She has had a long career in education largely in Victorian independent schools. Since her retirement as Principal of Toorak College, Mt Eliza, she has continued an active involvement in education. She is deeply committed to promoting lifelong learning for all.

Her involvement with OEG extends over 30 years. She has participated in, organised and strategically steered many programs in that time. She strongly believes that outdoor education has an important place in a school’s curriculum contributing skills and knowledge to the development of all young people.

Currently, she is a Board director of the Melbourne Indigenous School (MITS), a board director of Kingswood College and the Lyceum Club. She is a council member of Ma.Robertson Girls High School, a director of the Mac.Rob foundation and President of that school’s Alumni association. She currently mentors in a range of educational fields – principals, senior staff, the African Think Tank and Teach for Australia.

Deputy Chair, Robert Pascoe

In 2000, Robert Pascoe was General Manager of Visy Special Events, responsible for development, recycling of all catering packaging products, furniture, fixtures, signage and marketing materials for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and re-manufacture using recycled raw materials. To this day, the Sydney Olympics are still remembered as the ‘Green Games.’

Today, he is the Managing Director of Closed Loop, a successful waste management company. His vision to reduce and recycle London’s waste has resulted in the UK’s first post consumer plastics recycling plant.

Robert is currently a director and keen supporter of the Sydney Swans Football Club, and Director and Company Secretary of the People and Parks Foundation.

Director, Dr. Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith has more than 30 years experience in a variety of educational settings. She started her professional career as a secondary teacher in Physical Education and English in Victoria.

She began her professional Outdoor Education career at Bogong Outdoor Education Centre in the late 1970’s. In 1984 she completed a doctorate in Outdoor Education at Indiana University. She has taught at Victoria University and La Trobe University.

She was the Head of Outdoor Education and Nature Tourism at Bendigo for ten years before moving to The Outdoor Education Group in NSW. Lorraine was appointed as the Executive Director of the NSW Division of The Outdoor Education Group with the specific brief to establish The Outdoor Education Group in NSW. Over a period of ten years she assisted to grow the organization into a well respected not-for-profit outdoor company.

She led a review and restructure of The Outdoor Education Group curriculum and developed the Educational Framework.

Throughout her career Lorraine has worked closely with educational communities to develop and implement unique outdoor education and outdoor recreation programs that are custom-designed to meet the needs of students and schools.

Now working with the Western Institute of TAFE NSW, Lorraine is involved in the evaluation of vocational, personal and social outcomes of Outdoor Education for students, parents and schools. In partnership with The Outdoor Education Group, she has helped develop the Certificate III/Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation traineeship program.

Director, Craig Mitchell

Craig Mitchell has spent his life pursuing high performance and testing his limits. His career started with Ernst & Young and progressed into management consulting with Arthur Andersen and CHI Consulting in the USA. Craig combined his passion for business and sport with an MBA in Sport Management at Deakin University.

After managing a series of entrepreneurial businesses, including his own successful management consultancy, Crank Sports which helped organisations crank their performance to new levels, he found his way back to Ernst & Young…..a boomerang on a wide arc. Craig is currently an Associate Director in EY’s Sports, Events and Venues Consulting practice and provides strategic advice to a range of clients, including AFL clubs, Cricket Australia, the Australian Sports Commission, national sporting organisations, state sporting associations and not-for-profit organisations such as Bicycle Network.

Craig is passionate about the role of physical activity in a healthy and balanced life and enjoys having fun in the outdoors with his young family on the trails, in the pool or on his bike or surfboard.

Director, Jenny Holliday AM

Jenny brings a diverse set of experiences to her role as an OEG Director having commenced her career in education which included outdoor education and community service programs. Jenny has headed up the Victorian Olympic Council and the People and Parks Foundation and now is a Partner and Lead facilitator at Non Profit Training; working to build capability in not for profit organisations.

She has been involved in international, national and local boards and has an Olympic Bronze medal from her 14 year membership of the Australian Softball Team.

Director, Peggy Mahy

Peggy is in her fourth year as a Principal at The Scots School Albury; an independent, coeducational boarding school on the border between NSW and Victoria. Starting her career at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar as a teacher, Peggy’s background is in teaching and learning with a specific focus on improving teacher quality. Peggy was Deputy Principal at Radford College in the ACT for 5 years, has experience in leadership in the tertiary sector at Monash University where she was Deputy Principal of the college for international students, Monash College and prior to this, was Director of Learning at St Catherine’s School in Melbourne.

In all contexts Peggy has sought to enhance the capabilities of teachers with a clear focus on outcomes for students. Peggy is also a firm believer in holistic education and in the power of experiential learning. This belief drives her current involvement as a Board Director for the Outdoor Education Group. Her involvement with The Outdoor Education Group extends over 20 years commencing with her work at St Michael’s Grammar School in the 1990’s through to serving on the Board for 5 years from 2006. She is delighted to be working once again with the Outdoor Education Group through this governance role.

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our staff


Between us we have expertise spanning adventure activities, education, and business. Meaning that, combined, we understand not only the natural world, but the educational ecosystem, and professional climate students graduate into.

  • Scott bickley
    sea kayak pod team mentor

    Canoe, Kayak, surf-ski or similar, Scott’s command of watercraft is exceptional. And his passion for passing on knowledge and techniques, similarly so. Going by his father’s words that ‘you can’t teach experience’, Scott believes in the power of hands-on activities. And that learning comes from doing.

    Aside from being a Sea Kayak Mentor, Scott also participates in the Young Men, Old Mountains program. Not only because it’s profoundly rewarding to see students grow so much in such a short space of time, but because on every trip he learns something new about himself, too.

  • Tom Gossip
    Group Leader

    A graduate of Kurri Kurri TAFE, Tom has been with us with since 2016. His favourite activities are bush-walking and canoeing the Myall Lakes area. And watching students realise how much they’re capable of when they put in the effort.

    When not leading students on journeys Into The Wild and Off The Grid, Tom enjoys doing both those things himself. With friends. Or solo. And has made it his personal mission to find all the East Coast’s secret spots. Who knows, some might become OEG destinations.

  • Sam Roberts
    Program Coordinator

    When not working in the outdoors, you’ll find Sam outdoors. Because whether for work or play, Sam enjoys being challenged by new and different environments. And returning to favourite destinations, such as Walhalla Thompson, and seeing it with fresh eyes, as Sam believes that ‘No person ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and they’re not the same person’.

    In his spare time, Sam has rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. All 460km of it.