Inflatable Amusement Devices (such as Jumping Castles)
Inflatable amusement devices are defined as flexible air-filled structures that are inflated using blowers, rely on air pressure to maintain their shape, and are designed for users to bounce, slide or climb on. Examples include jumping castles, slides (including inflatable water slides), mazes, bungee runs and obstacle courses.
Following the 2021 tragedy at Hillcrest Primary School (Davenport, TAS), the South Australian Department for Education has banned outdoor use of inflatable amusement devices at all Department for Education sites until further notice. This ban applies to all users of Department for Education sites, including OSHC and vacation care services, and anyone hiring Department facilities for private use.
It is recommended that South Australian Independent schools be cognisant of the inherent risks associated with outdoor use of inflatable amusement devices and undertake a risk-based analysis as part of their decision-making process.
Many inflatable devices can be used indoors, particularly in large spaces such as gyms or school halls. The Department for Education has not prohibited indoor use on Department sites where the manufacturer has specified that the device is suitable for indoor use, and where the device has been set up and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Only electrically powered fans may be used to inflate devices indoors. Prior to hiring an inflatable amusement device for indoor use, advice should be sought from the hire company on suitability of indoor use and minimum space requirements.