The Fair Trading (Safety Standards) Regulation 2011 was made on 9 December 2011. The purpose of the regulation is to improve child safety by requiring short-term accommodation premises to comply with a mandatory safety standard for bunk beds.
The regulation applies to people who provide short-term accommodation services, where the accommodation could be used by people under 16 years of age. Under the regulation, short-term accommodation is defined as accommodation supplied in trade or commerce for a period of 60 days or less. Short-term accommodation services will have approximately two years, until 21 October 2013 to ensure all bunk beds supplied or offered as part of their accommodation service comply with the mandatory standard.
The safety standard prescribed in the regulation is based on specified clauses of the Australian and New Zealand Standard for bunk beds (AS/NZS 4220:1994), which is available through the SAI Global Infostore (please note there is a cost to purchase or download the standard).
The Fair Trading (Safety Standards) Regulation 2011 can be viewed on the Queensland Legislation website.
The Office of Fair Trading has developed a compliance guide and fact sheet to assist short-term rental accommodation operators to self-assess their existing bunk beds. The guide is not legal advice but is intended as general information on whether the bunk beds provided meet key requirements of the safety standard. Download the guide and fact sheet here.
Last reviewed 12/11/2012