Promoting play

 

Become a member of Play Australia and promote the value of play. Play Australia is committed to increasing play opportunities for children, young people and families.


Resource library

 

Search our member resources in the Online Library. Play Australia Members login to access documents. Visit our Library.

Play Australia Reconition Program

Recognition Program

 

The Play Australia Promoting the Value of Play Recognition Program allows us the opportunity to celebrate people and projects that enhance the outdoor play experience for children, families and communities...Read More


Training & Events

 

Play Australia delivers a national training program providing professional development opportunities. View our upcoming events.

Parks Week 2017! Brought to you by Parks and Leisure Australia

Parks Week 2017

Parks play a vital role in creating liveable cities and thriving communities. They are our most frequented spaces for recreational activities and provide opportunities for tourism, conservation and the social interaction that is vital for a connected and resilient population.

That's why the New Zealand Recreation Association and Parks and Leisure Australia have teamed up to help organise Parks Week 4th - 12th March, 2017. Promoting the many benefits our parks and open spaces provide, Parks Week will see councils and other organisations on both sides of the Tasman running engaging events to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people out of their living rooms and enjoying the outdoors.

Find out more and register your event here - Parks Week 2017

Getting the Balance Right - our new Guide for Risk Management

The Guide is available for download by all Play Australia members at no cost by logging into the website using your login and password
and accessing the document in the Resource Library.

Children and young people’s access to free space for play is rapidly shrinking. Never is this more obvious than in urban areas in Australia where most of us live. For many children and young people designed environments such as public parks, school grounds or early childhood play areas are their main opportunities for outdoor play. This means increased responsibility for you, the play provider to provide high-quality, well-maintained play opportunities and play environments that reflect the needs of the children and young people and their families in your community.

So what is your role in this? Play providers tend to come from a diverse range of backgrounds, with wide and varied interests and expertise in play and play environments.  Whether you are in local government or early childhood, or part of a school community our responsibility to provide high-quality, well-maintained play opportunities and environments remains the same. So how are we best to approach this somewhat daunting task?

This guide encourages you to take an objective, balanced approach to play provision and risk management and as such is presented in two complementary parts; Part A. Risk / Benefit Assessment and Part B. Australian Standard AS: 4685-2014 Ready Reference. The purpose of presenting these two parts together is to give you confidence in using a truly ‘best practice’ approach to the design and management of your play environments. An approach that not only demonstrates an effective knowledge of the standards, but also asks the right questions about what makes a play environment great, in terms of play value.

This guide asks as many questions as it answers, its aim is to get you thinking about what you do and how you do it. Ultimately by presenting these two parts together, we hope to deconstruct the singular reliance on standards or regulations for decision-making related to play environments. Public safety is an important issue, but not the only issue at stake here and we hope that by reading this guide, you will become better acquainted with what makes a high-quality, well-maintained play environment and more confident to provide better play opportunities for children and young people and their families in your community into the future.

Getting the Balance Right will make an excellent contribution to the ongoing development of outdoor play in Australia.

The Guide is available for download by all Play Australia members at no cost by logging into the website using your login and password and accessing the document in the Resource Library.

Non-members can purchase the Guide via paypal or credit card here.

Victorian and South Australian Events 2017