New Wage Rates

As reported in a recent AALARA Members Alert, new minimum wage rates will be applicable from 1 July 2015

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Amendments made to SafeWork SA’s auditing regime for amusement devices

Amendments made to SafeWork SA’s auditing regime for amusement devices

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AALARA office open and operating during Qld weather event

All members currently operating in Qld or northern NSW please take care. The AALARA office is contactable throughout this period should members have any concerns or questions. Call 07 38073508 or 0418829927.

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WHS Qld clarify engineer requirement for registration of plant design

As part of AALRA's ongoing efforts to liaise with safety regulators accross the country we would like to bring to your attention a recent piece of communication from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. The ALRA Board will prepare a response to this communication advise all members accordingly in the near future.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) have recently been in discussions with the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (the Board) in relation to the qualification of a design verifier for the purpose of submitting an application for registration of plant design with WHSQ.

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Thanks to Go Kart Subcommittee (ACKA) members

The hard work and input from the AALARA Go Kart Subcommittee (ACKA) has been integral to the progress of the development of the Go Karting standard.

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Amusement Industry Saddened by Incident at Royal Adelaide Show

The amusement industry is deeply saddened by the events that took place at the Royal Adelaide Show on 12 September 2014, which saw a young girl lose her life. The whole amusement industry sends its sincere condolences to her family and friends.

This tragic incident is a rarity in an industry that prides itself on having the highest levels of safety.  All amusement rides are required to achieve annual registration with a state regulator. Operators work closely with consulting engineers and are regularly subject to field audits conducted by inspectors against a national audit tool.

 AALARA President Phil Durkin said today

“The incident at the Royal Adelaide Show was a tragic one that has left the whole amusement industry feeling numb. “

“There are high standards and safeguards in our industry to ensure the many thousands of people who enjoy themselves at our facilities and rides do so in a safe and secure environment. These high standards and safeguards form part of every operator’s standard operating procedures.

Media information:
Troy Cush
General Manager

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Interlink’s Anderson passes away

Mike Anderson, well-known throughout the amusement and theme park industry as part of the Interlink team, passed away at the end of August.

Anderson began his career in the industry somewhat by default after he was asked to build a monorail for the UK park Flamingoland in North Yorkshire in 1983. In that same year he founded ride manufacturer Mimafab Ltd. and subsequently went on to work for Interlink in 1986/87.

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Industry saddend by incident at Royal Adelaide Show

AALARA is deeply saddened by the events that took place at the Royal Adelaide Show on 12 September 2014, which saw a young girl lose her life. AALARA sends its condolences to her family.


AALARA will make all it’s resources available to ensure that a full and thorough investigation into the incident and the circumstances surrounding it can be undertaken.


Out of respect for those involved, AALARA will not provide any further comment until an investigation has taken place.



Media Contact: Troy Cush, AALARA General Manager, 0418 829 927


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Working with overhead powerlines

Over the last couple of days AALARA has received a number of enquiries regarding clearance regulations for movable amusements and power lines

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Opening of new ride, Ballroom Blitz at Aussie World

The Ballroom Blitz, Aussie World’s latest ride appears calm, however when operational you soar 15 metres in the air. The ride carries 48 passengers and with your legs hanging, the spin begins. Unlike traditional chairoplane rides, the wave swinger spins, rocks and swings you at a pace not for the faint hearted.

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Fair Work Australia’s Minimum Wage Panel has delivered a 3.0% increase to Modern Award minimum wages

The federal minimum weekly wage will increase by $18.70 per week ($0.50 per hour) to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour) from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2014.

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Safety Alert- Frisbee Amusement ride WHS Queensland

A safety alert on the FRISBEE Amusement ride has been released by Workplace Health & Safety Queensland following the recent incident at Toowoomba. Published 29 May 2013

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Safety Alert- Amusement Devices GAPS

Gaps between cars on some undulator type amusement rides  Workcover NSW Alert published 18 October 2013

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Safety Alert- Whizzer, Cha Cha and Sizzler Type amusement rides

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Updated Playground Equipment Standards Now Available

Standards Australia release updated playgroud equipment standard AS4685 Parts 1 to 6

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New Australian Standard Contained Play AS3533.4.2

New Australian Standard for Contained Play AS3533.4.2 published 19 April 2013

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Industry Alert - Inflatable Amusement Devices Victoria

Industry Alert - (Design and item of plant) requirements have not changed for inflatable amusement structures in the state of Victoria.

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Industry Alert - Inflatable Amusement Devices -NSW, QLD and SA

Industry Alert- Inflatable Amusement Devices- NSW, QLD and SA

A ‘Class Exemption’ has been granted for states Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria for certain inflatable amusement devices from being item or design registered, and also from annual inspection by an engineer.

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Safety Alert- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Managing drowning risks at publicly accessible pools Following an investigation into the death of a child in 2007 at a public swimming pool where a large Inflatable Pool Device was installed, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has been undertaking a number of initiatives to improve public swimming pool safety.  

Inflatable water balls The purpose of this alert is to inform owners and operators of inflatable water balls of the possible risks with their use. This alert also provides some information on risk control measures.

Whizzer, Cha Cha and Sizzler-type amusement rides

This safety alert is to inform amusement ride operators of hazards associated with the operation of Whizzer-type amusement rides.  Control measures to minimise risk.

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AALARA Education and Training Seminars

Education and Training Seminars

AALARA 2012 Education and Training Program

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INDUSTRY ALERT 7 December 2012- Inflatable Amusement Devices- Class Exemption granted under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 Queensland Government

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AALARA State of the Industry Survey to provide benchmarks for the industry

AALARA has today launched the new AALARA Sate of the Industry Survey. This survey is designed to get a full picture of the current performance of businesses in the amusement, recreation and leisure industry as well as measuring their confidence moving into the Australian summer. The survey also aims to measure what business owners and managers see as the key roadblocks to their success so AALARA can develop their policy and advocacy work to target the issues prohibiting the development of our industry.

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