The Australian Climbing Association Victoria (ACAV) is the representative body for climbing access in Victoria.
ACAV represents the interests of the Victorian climbing community at a legal level, and aims to promote and protect access to rock climbing in Victoria while being respectful of unique cultural and environmental values.
The purposes of the Association are:
- To be the pre-eminent representative body for climbing access in Victoria.
- To inform and educate climbers regarding access issues.
- To accumulate monies obtained from membership fees, donations and other sources into a trust fund, (The Climbing Access Fund), to be used for matters that affect rights to access climbing sites in Victoria.
- To share assets and resources with bodies that have similar purposes to the Association and which are not carried out for the profit or gain of its individual members.
- To ensure that the legislation, regulations, policy documents and other instruments which affect climbing are lawful and appropriate and are being correctly interpreted and applied by land managers and governments at all levels.
- To work with land managers and governments at all levels to promote and support climbing and to help develop climbing related policy, regulations and other instruments.
- To work with climbers, climbing entities and other related industry bodies to form and maintain a strong climbing community and to support the transition into climbing for climbers.
- To ensure the full recreational value of public land is recognised and utilised, such public land being managed under the Parks Victoria Act 2018 (Vic), the National Parks Act 1975 (Vic), the Conservation, Forest and Lands Act 1987 (Vic), the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 (Vic), the Land Act 1975 (Vic), the Forests Act 1958 (Vic), the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), the Traditional Owners Settlement Act 2010 (Vic), and new or any other relevant Act and/or subordinate legislation and/or statutory instruments.
- To work with Traditional Owners to understand, and communicate an understanding of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage to climbers, and to ensure that the requirements of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic) are being correctly interpreted and applied by land managers.
Cultural Heritage Statement
Aboriginal people have lived throughout Victoria for more than a thousand generations and have a rich culture that is evident in the landscape and spiritual stories. We feel privileged to share their country and stunning landscape.
ACAV encourages members to become familiar with Aboriginal cultural heritage so that when climbing, members can identify and care for these important links for Aboriginal people to their Ancestors and country. For guidance in identifying Aboriginal heritage we recommend members review the Aboriginal Heritage Identification Guide developed by Traditional Owners and Parks Victoria.