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New code of practice for amusement rides – are you ready?

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has developed the state’s first code of practice for amusement device safety, effective 1 February 2024, which outlines practical ways to manage ride safety and complements existing state laws.

The Amusement devices code of practice 2023 (PDF, 1 MB) applies to major amusement parks, school fetes and regional shows, and covers rides such as Ferris wheels, rollercoasters, dodgem cars and jumping castles.

Although existing safety requirements in Queensland have not changed and remain some of the strongest in the world, the code provides ride owners with practical guidance on how to manage risks and meet their obligations.

Ride owners and operators who don’t comply with their duties to ensure safety may face penalties. In Queensland, businesses must use risk controls outlined in an approved code of practice or follow another method if it provides an equivalent or higher standard.

The new code covers the lifecycle of an amusement device and details information related to buying a device, installation, operation, training for ride operators, inspections and maintenance, and decommissioning.

The Code is effective from 1 February 2024.