Amusement devices

If your business provides devices that people use as entertainment, like carnival rides, you need to check that the design and the device is registered.

There are specific requirements for amusement devices, including on their:

You must ensure a competent person such as a chartered professional engineer or a person that is qualified to be on the National Professional Engineers register inspects the device.

For inflatable devices, such as jumping castles (that have a platform height less than nine metres) a 'competent person' need only demonstrate that they have acquired through training, qualifications or experience the knowledge and skills to inspect inflatable devices.

Some amusement devices do not require registration. These include:

  • water slides
  • wave generators
  • inflatable devices, other than inflatable devices (continuously blown) with a platform height of 3 meters or more
  • miniature trains and railway systems, but only those which are owned and operated by model railway societies

In addition, until 1 January 2020 there is a savings provision excluding inflatable devices and non-powered amusement devices from item registration.

Safe Work Australia also has guidance material to help you manage the risks.

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