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Major amusement parks

A major amusement park is a workplace which has at least four amusement devices including at least one class 3, class 4 or class 5 amusement device under AS 3533.1, or a high structure water slide at least 10m in height. If all the rides at a workplace are for a temporary event like an agricultural show or school fete, it is not a major amusement park.

The following parks currently meet the criteria for a major amusement park:

  • Aussie World
  • Dreamworld
  • Sea World
  • Warner Bros. Movie World
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild
  • White Water World.

The licensing system will apply to any new major amusement parks in Queensland, which meet the criteria for a major amusement park.

From 1 May 2019, major amusement parks will have:

  • six months to provide the regulator with a safety case outline
  • two years to provide the regulator with a safety case and apply for a major amusement park licence. A park can continue to operate amusement devices during this period.

The safety case and licence regime for major amusement parks requires a comprehensive and integrated approach for managing amusement device safety. As part of the safety case regime, major amusement parks will be required to:

  • identify potential incidents and hazards involving amusement devices at the park
  • carry out a safety assessment for amusement devices at the park
  • implement control measures designed to eliminate or minimise the risk of an incident occurring
  • prepare an emergency plan, consult with emergency services and implement the plan when required
  • document information about the amusement devices at the park—for example about maintenance, inspections and testing of devices, and operator training
  • implement a safety management system for amusement devices at the park
  • consult with workers—for example in relation to the emergency plan, safety management system and preparing and reviewing the safety case monitor the effectiveness of the amusement device safety case.
Last updated
06 August 2019

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