MINIMUM AGE TO PLAY PAINTBALL TO DROP TO 12+ IN NSW
Action Paintball is proud to announce that in conjunction with the Australian Paintball Industry Association (APIA) our 6 year campaign to reform paintball laws in NSW has been successful! In addition to the minimum age being reduced, the following changes are planned on being implemented by the NSW Government by the end of the 2018/early 2019:
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 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.