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What is NARTA?
What is the National Accommodation, Recreation, and Tourism Accreditation Program?
NARTA has been designed to provide a comprehensive procedure for checking and providing recognition of compliance with relevant legal operational requirements. It is an ongoing process that requires organisations to regularly review their compliance regime in line with changing community attitudes and legislative changes and undergo site assessments.
- This is accomplished through self-assessment and both desk and workplace assessments.
- NARTA Accreditation is not a process of comparison between organisations.
- NARTA Accreditation is voluntary.
- NARTA Accreditation is not to be seen as an imposition on members of the administering organisations.
- NARTA Accreditation is a national program that recognises State Legislation.
The NARTA Inc. Accreditation Package is endorsed, recommended or accepted as an appropriate accreditation methodology (at November 2015) by:
- Outdoors NSW
- Christian Venues Association
- DEECD - Victoria
- DECD, South Australia
- Department of Education Tasmania
- National Parks and Wildlife NSW
- NSW Maritime Authority
- The Salvation Army in Australia
- The Baptist Union of Australia
- Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia
- Antiochian Orthodox Church
Accreditation of an organisation is not necessarily a requirement; however, they recognise the value in assuring the appropriateness of facilities and services to their members or students.
Education Departments that do not recommend or endorse any particular accreditation bodies, as schools make their own decisions, include:
- Department of Education, Western Australia, which acknowledges “that schools would respond favourable towards those organisations that have gained NARTA accreditation”.
- NSW Department of Education.
- Department of Education, Queensland.
Who is NARTA?
Who is NARTA Inc. and the NARTA Accreditation Advisory Group?
NARTA Inc. is an association established to raise standards in the accommodation, recreation and tourism sectors that primarily deal with the outdoors and group experiences by providing an accreditation program that allows operators to gauge their compliance with industry and public expectations. The Accreditation Advisory Group, which governs NARTA Inc., is comprised of (at December 2019) two representatives each from Christian Venues Association and Outdoors NSW. They are responsible for the oversight and implementation of the program.
Christian Venues Association represents over 175 group residential accommodation providers from all States. With 24,500 beds and over 1,000,000 guests per annum Christian Venues represents a significant proportion of the Group Accommodation Sector in Australia. Established in 1974, and with its link to over 3,500 operations worldwide, Christian Venues is keen to offer the industry a simple yet effective accreditation program that allows for applicants to spend more time on provision of legal, safe services and activities than satisfying incomprehensible bureaucratic purposes.
Outdoors NSW represents the outdoor industry in NSW. Outdoors NSW developed from the idea of a group of operators, service providers and facility owners who felt there was a need to establish the growing 'outdoor industry' on a more professional level. Since that time the association has developed rapidly and is now recognised nationally as the peak body for outdoor recreation in NSW
The Objects of the Accreditation Advisory Group
The Objects of the Accreditation Advisory Group are to provide an accreditation program available to the members of Member Organisations (and others as set out in these rules) that:
- Ensures compliance with National, State and Local Government requirements for the legal and safe operation of the services provided by those undertaking the Accreditation Program.
- Is owned by the industry associations involved in its development and application.
- Is administered within approved guidelines by each Industry Association involved, for its membership, at prices it sets.
- Is acceptable and implemented nationally.
- Establishes a list of requirements that are initially self-assessed with acknowledgment of responsibility for the listed requirements.
- Indicates how the requirements are met or that they are not required.
- Is economical to apply.
- Is backed up by an acceptable and open assessment process that has a right of appeal.
- Is acceptable to the major user groups including State Departments of Education.
Powers of the Accreditation Advisory Group (AAG)
- Is to control and manage the development, implementation, and amendment of NARTA Program on behalf of the Member Organisations and their membership.
- Is to provide each of the Member Organisations with the systems and training to enable the Member Organisations to make available the Accreditation Program to its membership.
- Is permitted to extend the Accreditation Program to allow accreditation of organisations not members of any of the Member Organisations at a fee to be set by the AAG that is greater than that applied to members of Member Organisations.
- Has the power to perform all such acts and do all such things as appear to the AAG to be necessary or desirable for the proper management of the affairs of NARTA Program, subject to approval by the Governing Authorities.