Playground Standards

Australian Standards for Playgrounds

 

Listed below are the current Australian Standards for Playgrounds and Playground Equipment. Kidsafe NSW provides information and interpretation of the Standards. 

 

 

  • Australian Standard AS 4685 Playground equipment and surfacing

Part 0 – Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation  
Part 1 – General safety requirements & test methods
Part 2 – Additional specific safety requirements & test methods for swings
Part 3 - Additional specific safety requirements & test methods for slides
Part 4 - Additional specific safety requirements & test methods for runways
Part 5 - Additional specific requirements & test methods for carousels
Part 6 - Additional specific requirements & test methods for rocking equipment
Part 11 - Additional specific safety requirements & test methods for spatial networks

  • Australian Standard AS 4422: Playground surfacing - Specifications, requirements and test method
  • Australian Standard AS 1428: Design for access and mobility

Part 1 - General requirements for access - New building work
Part 2 - Enhanced and additional requirements - Building and facilities
Part 3 - Requirements for children and adolescents with physical disabilities
Part 4 - Means to assist the orientation of people with vision impairment – Tactile ground surface indicators
Part 5 - Communication for people who are deaf or hearing impaired

  • Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 8124 Part 6 (ISO 8124-4:2014, MOD) Safety of toys - Swings, slides and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000: Risk management - Principles and guidelines;
  • Australian Standard AS 4989: Trampolines for domestic use - Safety aspects
  • Australian Standard AS 3533.4.2: Amusement rides and devices. Part 4.2: Specific requirements-Contained play facilities. 
  • Australian Standard AS1663:  Permanently installed outdoor fitness equipment - Safety requirements and test methods
  • Australian Standard EN AS14974:2021:  Skateparks - Safety requirements and test methods
  • Australian Standard EN AS16899:2020:  Parkour equipment - Safety requirements and test methods
  • Australian Standard EN AS16579:2020:  Playing Field equipment - Portable and permanent socketed goals - Safety requirements and test methods
  • Australian Standard TR CEN 17519:2021:  Synthetic turf facilities

For assistance with interpretation and use of the Australian Standards for Playgrounds contact the Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit on 02 9845 0893.