Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

Playground Safety

The Playground Advisory Unit

The Playground Advisory Unit (PAU) is a principal agency which provides impartial technical, design and safety information services to all groups across NSW.

The Unit Playground

The project officers from the PAU hold combined qualifications and experience in Children's Services, Workplace Health and Safety and Landscape Architecture. Project officers have experience in conducting playground inspections as qualified Comprehensive Playground Inspectors and hold a Certificate IV Training and Education qualification.


The PAU aims to increase the number of safe, creative play environments that are aligned with Australian Standards for playgrounds. The PAU achieves this aim with the following activities:

  • Promote participation in recreational and physical activities;
  • Promote good quality, best practise playground design;
  • Encourage the development of challenging and creative play environments;
  • Encourage best practise playground maintenance and inspection regimes;
  • Encourage the inclusion of natural features in playspaces; and
  • Demonstrate a holistic approach to playground design and management.