These really are extraordinary times. We wrote these words back in March and they ring as true now as back then.
When the first Lockdown hit AdventureMark started discussing and planning with industry bodies like WorkSafe, JAS-ANZ and TIA, among others, to try to find a way through these unprecedented circumstances.
We've been talking to many different organisations to try to find some form of compliance cost relief for operators. The truth is, for AdventureMark the cost of being accredited to provide audits dictates the cost of audits to operators. TIA understood this and used this information to petition government to provide financial relief to operators.
Below is the media release from TIA:
TIA offers helping hand to adventure tourism operators
TIA is offering adventure tourism operators a helping hand so they can complete safety audits.
Many operators covered by the Adventure Activities Regulations are due to undergo their full three-yearly safety audit in the next few months. Without an audit, which costs an average $4-5000, they are not permitted to operate.
TIA is concerned that some operators will struggle to cover their audit costs. TIA members facing hardship will be offered interest-free loans of up to 50% of the audit fee.
“This is an unprecedented step for TIA. We have explored the possibility of government funding but have been told by Ministers that none is available, so we are using our own balance sheet to support our members,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.
Read our media release or email [email protected] for details.
Integra/AdventureMark Blue Certification is JAS-ANZ accredited. AdventureMark Blue certification is approved by WorkSafe NZ under the WorkSafe NZ Adventure Activities Certification Scheme.
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