Delta Force Paintball is pleased to announce new reforms have been approved today by the NSW State Government including a planned reduction in the paintball minimum age. NSW Paintball industry reform has been approved by parliament with new regulations to come into effect once legislation has been amended. The Australasian Paintball Association (AUPBA), along with key paintball industry stakeholders, have worked towards these amendments for the last 10 years and we are excited to play our part in ushering in a new era for the sport.
Proposed changes include the much-anticipated lowering of the minimum age to play paintball to 12 years. This brings NSW more in line with the US, UK, New Zealand and Canada with age limits of 10 years. Along with other Australian states like South Australia (10 years) and Western Australia (12 years). Most of all families will now have a fun and inclusive activity to enjoy together in the great outdoors. In addition, bonding, adrenaline, team work and physical activity all rolled into one action-packed and exciting day.
Change Is On Its Way
The key points from this Cabinet approval include:
- The NSW government has agreed to modernise the regulatory structure and reduce red tape for the paintball industry, while maintaining robust public safety controls.
- The Government intends to introduce legislation in 2018-19 which will give effect to the new regulatory scheme.
- Under the new scheme, responsibility for regulating the industry will transfer from NSW Police to the Department of Finance, Service and Innovation (DFSI). There is expected to be a reduction in the minimum age for players, and streamlining of the permit system. Consumer protection and community safety remain two of the highest priorities for the government and these considerations underpin any legislative changes.
- It will take some time after the legislation passes the NSW Parliament to commence the new regulatory scheme – DFSI will need to put in place to the new IT infrastructure to support the scheme, and venues will need to ensure that public liability insurance, working with children checks and work health and safety systems are updated to prepare for these changes.
- DFSI looks forward to continuing to work with industry during the transition phase.
We will keep you updated when the date this legislation will come into effect. Early indications suggest this to be in late 2018 or early 2019.
More details available via the AUPBA Press Release.