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Amusement Devices

What is an Amusement Device?

Under the definition of the Work Health and Safety Regulation (2011), an amusement device generally means equipment operated for hire that provides entertainment through movement of the equipment, or equipment which passengers travel on, around or along ie carnival type amusement rides.

An approval does NOT need to be sought for:

  • a small amusement device which is battery operated cars or miniature railways
  • a coin operated amusement device.

What is an Amusement Device Approval?

It is an approval that allows for the operation of an amusement device/carnival ride for use by the public. Under the new amendments to the Sydney Olympic Park Regulation 2001, the Authority has the responsibility for ensuring approvals are issued prior to any amusement device, carnival ride or the like being used by the public.

An amusement device is regulated under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993, Local Government (Approvals) Regulation 1999 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Why is an approval required?

The main purpose of approving amusement devices prior to operation is to ensure the device has a current WorkCover Registration (or another State Agency equivalent), the owner/operator has the required level of $20 million public liability insurance and that an up-to-date log book exists for the device.

What is required with my application form?

An application must be made to the Authority before the amusement device can be operated for public use. The application form must be accompanied by:

  • copy of current WorkCover NSW Registration (or another State Agency equivalent) relating to the specific ride
  • copy of $20 million Public Liability Insurance relating to the specific ride
  • confirmation that the device will be erected on firm ground
  • the application fee of $50 (GST exempt) payable to the Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • the signature and of the applicant.

Download an Application for Approval of Amusement Device (PDF 150KB)

How much will an Amusement Device Approval cost?

Each individual amusement device approval will cost $50 (GST exempt). In certain situations, where the amusement device is associated with a specific charity, or other special circumstance, the fee may be waived at the discretion of the Authority.

Generally, payment is required with the application (and a receipt will be posted back to the applicant), however if necessary, a Tax Invoice can be sent to the applicant after the application has been submitted.

Payment may be made by cheque or money order payable to the Authority, however the Authority's preferred method of payment is by Credit Card Authorisation. This form is attached to the Amusement Device Application.

How long will it take before my application is approved?

Once all details as identified on the application form are satisfactorily submitted, the Building Services Unit of the Authority will work to assessing and approving the application within 5 working days.

Where do I send my application to?

Once completed, the application and supporting documents may be faxed to 02 9714 7398.

Alternatively, the details may be posted or hand delivered to:

Attention: Manager Building Services Unit
Sydney Olympic Park Authority
8 Australia Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

For more information

If you have any further enquiries relating to the approval process, please do not hesitate to contact the Building Services Unit of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority on 02 9714 7357.