Amusement devices – duties of event organisers

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This guide summarises the duties of show organisers when hosting events that include amusement devices.

Published 25 September 2017

1. Duties

Organisers are persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation and have duties to ensure health and safety of workers (including volunteers) and people attending their events.

This includes having some management or control of the amusement devices (and other plant at the show) regardless of whether they directly hire the amusement devices, rent out space to the amusement device operator/s, or something in between.

Organisers are responsible for:

  • planning
  • engaging competent operators
  • providing information about the event site
  • anticipating the likelihood that patrons will be exposed to health and safety risks
  • providing control measures to any safety risks to ensure a safe and successful event.