Fact Sheets

In addition to the below mentioned fact sheets there are a number of other resources which are free or able to be purchased at a nominal fee (excluding postage and handling) through our online shop. To see a full list of our child safety resources click here.

Access and Inclusion for All

Play is vital for children and all children have the right to play in meaningful ways. Access is more than physical access to the playground. It means ensuring all children can participate and play with or amongst peers at the playground.

Access and Inclusion for All Access and Inclusion for All (173 KB)

Australian Standards for Playgrounds

The Australian Standards for Playgrounds have been developed to provide guidelines for the design, installation, maintenance and operation of playgrounds. They are not intended to provide totally risk free environments. The Australian Standards for Playgrounds should be consulted by anyone planning, designing, building or maintaining a playground.

Australian Standards for Playgrounds Australian Standards for Playgrounds (199 KB)

Bike tracks

The introduction of wheeled toys into a play space is an ideal way of encouraging social and fantasy play as well as active play. However, providing a pathway for wheeled toy play within a play space requires careful consideration to minimize potential conflicts of use.

Bike Tracks Fact Sheet Bike Tracks Fact Sheet (451 KB)

Cubby Houses

A cubby house can be a creative and imaginary play space for children. A cubby can be in a traditional house shape or can be built using loose materials.

Cubby Houses Fact Sheet Cubby Houses Fact Sheet (381 KB)

Fencing Playspaces

While it is not required that a public playground has a fence, the playgrounds that do have fences should follow guidelines and meet design requirements for playground safety and consider local government codes. Minimum height requirements for fencing in children’s services is not defined in the Education and Care Services National Regulation 2011.

Fencing Playspaces Fact Sheet Fencing Playspaces Fact Sheet (545 KB)

Impact Areas

Playground injuries most frequently occur when a child falls from play equipment onto a hard surface. Providing tested playground surfacing and reducing the height of equipment will help to reduce the severity of injuries.

Impact Areas Fact Sheet Impact Areas Fact Sheet (257 KB)

Loose Parts

Loose parts are one of the most valuable forms of play that can be very cost effective. If you remembers building cubbies as a child, you effectively used loose parts!

Loose Parts Fact Sheet Loose Parts Fact Sheet (403 KB)

Moveable Play Equipment

Moveable Play Equipment gives educators and opportunity to change the way children play on a daily basis. Moveable equipment includes trestles and attachments, portable forts, climbing apparatus and much more.

Moveable Play Equipment Fact Sheet Moveable Play Equipment Fact Sheet (341 KB)

Natural Playspaces

Natural playspaces offer a blend of natural areas, environmental features and plants to interest children in learning about the wonders and secrets of the natural world. Swings and slides may still be included; however natural playspaces also offer unstructured spaces and activities for learning and spontaneous play.

Natural Playspaces Fact Sheet Natural Playspaces Fact Sheet (547 KB)

Natural Playspace Checklist

This checklist has been prepared to assist with the preparation of nature playspace designs, and to maximise the benefits of site opportunities.

Natural Playspaces Checklist Natural Playspaces Checklist (275 KB)

Mounds for Play Equipment

Soil mounds provide a three dimensional aspect to an otherwise flat area where children can view the world from a different level.

Mounds for Play Equipment Fact Sheet Mounds for Play Equipment Fact Sheet (216 KB)

Planning & Design

Well-planned and well-designed playgrounds have the potential to become well-used and highly valued community assets. Good planning and design will also help to eliminate hazards and reduce the risk of serious playground injuries.

Planning and Design Fact Sheet Planning and Design Fact Sheet (410 KB)

Playground Hazards

Most playground injuries can be prevented of their severity reduced by good planning, design and maintenance to avoid playground hazards.

Playground Hazards Fact Sheet Playground Hazards Fact Sheet (368 KB)

Playground Safety

Playgrounds offer children of all age’s opportunities to play – to try new things and learn about themselves, other children and the outside environment.

Playground Safety Fact Sheet Playground Safety Fact Sheet (452 KB)

Playground Safety Checklist

How safe is your playground? This checklist will help guide you with basic safety requirements.

Playground Safety Checklist Playground Safety Checklist (512 KB)

Playground Surfacing

All playground equipment with a fall height more than 600mm above playing surface level must have a certified impact absorbing surface beneath and around it to help minimise serious head or other injuries.

Playground Surfacing Fact Sheet Playground Surfacing Fact Sheet (563 KB)

Portable Mats

Portable mats such as foam or vinyl covered foam mats may be used as surfacing beneath playground equipment provided the mat is certified to AS/NZS 4422 and covers the required fall zone.

Portable Mats Fact Sheet Portable Mats Fact Sheet (154 KB)

Safe Play

Well-planned and well-designed playgrounds have the potential to become well-used and highly valued community assets. Good planning and design will also help to eliminate hazards and reduce the risk of serious playground injuries.

Safe Play Fact Sheet Safe Play Fact Sheet (177 KB)

Sandpits

Sandpits are a fun way for children to meet other children and to build and model objects out of sand. To ensure that children gain the best experience from your sandpit it is important to consider a few basic construction and maintenance guidelines.

Sandpits Fact Sheet Sandpits Fact Sheet (534 KB)

Shade in Playspaces

Shade is essential for all playspaces. If an area feels hot or is glary it may not be utilised. Shade provision should be made available for both users of the play equipment and carers visiting the playspace.

Shade in Playspaces Fact Sheet Shade in Playspaces Fact Sheet (625 KB)

Slides

Slides allow children to have an opportunity to play, promote balance, coordination and physical activity. Slides provide climbing exercise for both legs and also help to strengthen the torso, arms and shoulders.

Slides Fact Sheet Slides Fact Sheet (461 KB)

Swings

Children of all ages enjoy swinging. With many types of swings available on the market these days we are spoilt for choice. Consider the basic safety requirements before purchasing or installing a swing set.

Swings Fact Sheet Swings Fact Sheet (363 KB)

Timber Treatments

The use of CCA (Copper Chromium Arsenate) treatment for some types of timber products is restricted in Australia. Please consider the following information when choosing timber for construction.

Timber Treatments Fact Sheet Timber Treatments Fact Sheet (537 KB)

Trampolines

Trampolines should be installed, used and maintained to Australian Standard AS 4989: 2006 Trampolines – Safety Aspects. Always ensure that any trampoline that you purchase is labelled as complying with this Standard and that you follow the manufactures instructions.

Trampolines Fact Sheet Trampolines Fact Sheet (374 KB)