Relevant Standards

Relevant Australian Playground Standards

Australia’s new standard for playground equipment was released in April 2014 and is based on the European Standard.  This change brings it in line with many other countries while taking into account specific Australian safety and design requirements relating to UV factors, moveable equipment and the height regulations for upper body equipment. The standard provides playground owners and designers with greater flexibility and equipment choices.

AS 4685:2014 Playground Equipment and Surfacing

  • AS 4685.1: 2014 Pt 1 General safety requirements and test methods
  • AS 4685.2: 2014 Pt 2 Particular safety requirements and test methods for swings
  • AS 4685.3: 2014 Pt 3 Particular safety requirements and test methods for slides
  • AS 4685.4: 2014 Pt 4 Particular safety requirements and test methods for runways
  • AS 4685.5: 2014 Pt 5 Particular safety requirements and test methods for carousels
  • AS 4685.6: 2014 Pt 6 Particular safety requirements and test methods for rocking equipment

AS/NZS 4422: 1996

  • Playground Surfacing - Specifications, Requirements & Test Methods

AS/NZS 4486.1: 1997

  • Playgrounds and Playground Equipment - Part 1: Development, Installation, Inspection, Maintenance and Operation

AS 2155: 1982

  • Playgrounds: Guide to Siting and to Installation and Maintenance of Equipment

AS 2555: 1982

  • Supervised Adventure Playgrounds - Guide to Establishment and Administration

AS 1428.3: 1992

  • Design for Access and Mobility - Requirements for Children and Adolescents with Physical Disabilities

AS/NZS ISO 31000: Risk Management - Principles & Guidelines

More info: Purchase a copy of the Australian Standards for Playgrounds 

Education and Care Services National Regulations, December 2011
Under Sections 301 and 324 of the the Education and Care Services National Law) 

Providers of centre-based child care services must ensure the outdoor spaces provided at its premises allow children to explore and experience the natural environment, for example through the use of natural features such as trees, sand and natural vegetation. 

Note: A compliance direction may be issued for failure to comply with this regulation under Part 4.3 (113) Outdoor space - natural environment.

Full copy of the regulations

Want some guidance in interpreting the standards?

Play Check director, Andrew Reedy, brings a wealth of experience in playground safety and design. He has been involved in the playground industry for the past 21 years, and has put together a guide to the playground standards, to organise the information contained in AS 4685 (parts 0-6 &11) under logical and sequential headings.

Download A Guide to the Playground Standard, by Andrew Reedy of Play Check.

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