Statement on Coroner’s findings into Dreamworld tragedy

Published:

The Queensland Government accepts the coroner’s findings.

The matter has been referred to the independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor to decide whether action will be taken against Dreamworld’s owner, Ardent Leisure, under the Work Health and Safety Act.

The majority of recommendations in the findings have already been implemented by the decisive steps we have taken in the past three years to improve safety on amusement rides.

But we are conducting a thorough examination of the recommendations to determine if more needs to be done to ensure the highest levels of safety in theme parks.

We have a new regulatory framework in place which fundamentally improves the approach and safety standard for amusement rides and theme parks in Queensland – laws which are nothing short of world class that include;

  • Mandatory major inspections of all amusement rides by qualified engineers every ten years – this is in in addition to the mandatory annual inspections which are already required.
  • More stringent operator training.
  • A comprehensive safety case and licensing regime for major theme parks that includes a full safety assessment of all rides at the park.  
  • More stringent record keeping for all amusement rides in relation to inspections, maintenance and operator competency.

We have strengthened Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s (WHSQ) capabilities through a stronger focus on enforcement and compliance, including comprehensive annual audits on all six major theme parks.

We have begun developing a Code of Practice for the industry to complement the new regulations.

We have employed 33 additional inspectors, including three engineers to oversee the new safety requirements for major amusement parks.

In addition to the comprehensive training inspectors already receive, they also now receive specific training on amusement device safety.

If more regulatory action is needed, we will act swiftly.

We are committed to providing the highest safety standards, from rides at carnivals and school fairs, to those at our major theme parks.

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

 
Business Business & Economy Law & Safety Lifestyle Political Queensland Government Tourism Tourist Activities
Social:   

Queensland Government : Employment and Industrial Relations :
Queensland Wide
13 74 68
Queensland Government : Employment and Industrial Relations
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Statement on Coroner’s findings into Dreamworld tragedy 24 February 2020 | The Queensland Government accepts the coroner’s findings. More information...
Christmas Eve part-day public holiday becomes a reality 28 November 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government has passed legislation to establish a part-day public holiday on Christmas Eve, starting this year. More information...
Asbestos: tough action to continue 27 November 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government has vowed to continue to raise awareness around asbestos safety.   More information...
First prosecution under Queensland’s pioneering industrial manslaughter laws 25 October 2019 | In a first for Queensland, the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor has commenced a prosecution against Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd for industrial manslaughter under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. More information...
More support for vulnerable workers on the way 22 October 2019 | Amendments to workers’ compensation laws to improve support for vulnerable workers have passed Parliament today. More information...
More successful prosecutions under Queensland’s labour hire laws 18 October 2019 | Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has issued a warning to Queensland’s labour hire operators, following another three successful prosecutions in the Caboolture Magistrates Court this week. More information...
Queensland safe work and return to work champions celebrated 09 October 2019 | Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has congratulated Queensland’s 2019 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards winners at a ceremony in Brisbane. More information...
Ambassador Libby speaks out for Mental Health Week 03 October 2019 | Like she did in the pool during her illustrious swimming career, Queensland Mental Health Ambassador Libby Trickett is looking for ‘PBs’ heading into Mental Health Week (5-13 October). More information...
Young Queenslanders highlight farm safety messages 19 September 2019 | The works of a dozen talented Queensland primary school students will once again showcase important farm safety messages in a colourful calendar that’s become a must-have household favourite. More information...
Government finalises new code in battle against silicosis 18 September 2019 | Queensland will introduce Australia’s first Code of Practice for the stone benchtop industry, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced today. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service