Operating an Amusement Device

Operators of amusement devices are required to make application to Council for Approval to Operate their amusement devices anywhere in the Singleton Council Local Government Area unless the amusement device is not required to be registered under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 or if the amusement device meets the exemption requirements of Clause 75 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

The power to enforce this requirement is obtained through Section 68 (Part F, 5) of the Local Government Act 1993 and Subdivision 5 of the Local Government (General Regulation) 2021.

When an event is being held in the Singleton Council Local Government Area that has affected devices, delegates from Council will attend and facilitate the applications and undertake required inspections on-site.

Before operating at any event an approval from Council must be obtained.

Before attending any event further information may be obtained by contacting the event organiser or alternatively contacting Council on T 02 6578 7290.

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 i.e. carnival type amusement rides. 

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 Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council 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 1993Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

An approval does NOT need to be sought for:

  • a small amusement device which is designed primarily for children under 12 years of age and includes such rides as mini-ferris wheels, battery operated cars or miniature railways
  • a coin operated amusement device. 

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, the owner/operator has the required level of $10 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 form to Operate an Amusement Device must be completed, returned to Council and approval obtained before the amusement device can be operated for public use. The application form must be accompanied by: 

  • copy of current WorkCover NSW Registration relating to the specific ride
  • copy of $20 million Public Liability Insurance relating to the specific ride
  • the application fee payable to Singleton Council, which is charged as per Council’s current fees & charges per device
    •    the signature of the applicant 

Download an Application form – Operate and Amusement Device