Compliance Framework Information Listed Alphabetically
Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.
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Do you need to comply?
Yes – if your school has playground equipment.
Conditions of compliance
All playground equipment design and installation should conform to the following standards:
AS 4685:2014 (including Parts 1 – 6)
If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
The Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (Vic DET) provides the following advice to Government schools:
Only playground equipment items, which are in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards, may be erected in school grounds.
A full list of approved equipment items would be impractical, but for general guidance, the following have been approved:
horizontal and vertical ladders
climbing nets and frames
climbing ropes (fixed)
The following items of playground equipment are not approved for use in schools:
swings (including log swings)
maypoles (including climbing poles)
All apparatus must be fixed unless specifically designed to be portable (e.g. A frames).
Vic DET also provides advice for Government schools regarding footings, heights and soft-fall conditions.
Suppliers should provide written confirmation that the playground equipment and its installation meet the requirements of the Australian Standards.
All playground equipment should be inspected weekly and repairs and maintenance acted upon in accordance with the school’s maintenance provision. Particular attention needs to be given to the under surfacing beneath and around the playground equipment.
What are the consequences if you don’t comply?
There is the possibility of legal action against the school in the event of an injury.