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AALARA supports new Queensland safety legislation but asks for improved consultation on changes

AALARA supports new Queensland safety legislation but asks for improved consultation on changes
August 24, 2017

The Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association Inc (AALARA) has welcomed the Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s focus on the safety of amusement facilities but says industry consultation is necessary to ensure effective implementation of safety improvements for both workers and the public.

The body responsible for representing the amusement, leisure and recreation industries in Australia highlighted concerns with the report particularly around industry consultation.

AALARA President, Dax Eddy, stated that the peak body whole-heartedly supports changes that improve public safety as a priority for the industry.

However, Eddy expressed concerns at the lack of industry consultation undertaken to date and welcomed Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace’s commitment to work with industry around implementation of any new arrangements.

Eddy (pictured) explained “as the peak body representing the amusement, leisure and recreation industries across Australia, we have a key role to play in providing an operator perspective to the changes, and also assisting with any implementation.

“We don’t believe we have been adequately consulted to this point and we think for these changes to work industry absolutely needs to play a part in any implementation planning.”

“The leisure industry is a key plank in the tourism market in Australia, employs tens of thousands of people nationally and is worth more than $47.5 billion annually.

“Safety is priority number one and must be a focus, we absolutely agree on that.

“So let’s work collaboratively with regulators, industry and the relevant bodies to ensure we get an outcome that is both safe and sustainable.”

AALARA has officially requested a briefing from the Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations on the recommendations and the implications for industry across regulatory, compliance and training requirements.

Eddy added “there can be no doubt – for these changes to be effective industry will need to be adequately consulted on the implementation of this review.”

Earlier this week, the Queensland Government announced that it plans to implement all 58 recommendations from an audit following the Dreamworld theme park ride accident that killed four people in October last year.

Under sweeping changes to protect theme park and amusement attraction guests, as well people in other workplaces, the Queensland Government announced that industrial manslaughter laws will be introduced while safety around amusement rides will also be tightened, including increased inspections and record keeping by operators, and possible licensing of people operating rides.

In the wake of the announcement there has been speculation that many older rides in theme parks and at travelling shows will have to be decommissioned.

AALARA is the peak national body representing the amusement, leisure and recreation industry of Australia and has particular responsibilities in the areas of safety, operations and management within these industries.

For more information visit www.aalara.com.au

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