Toys and swings

Ball and sand pits

Keep them covered when not in use as these are great hiding places for spiders and insects and attractive litter boxes for neighborhood cats. Check and clean regularly.

Play, craft and toys

Provide your child with toys and items suitable for their age and abilities. Most toys have age recommendations, care instructions and necessary warnings on the packaging. Supervise your children during play and while younger and older children are playing together.

Play equipment, swings, cubbies and trampolines

Back yard play areas can contain any play equipment but the items should comply with Australian Standards. Make play areas safer by anchoring swings to the ground, using soft fall and using shaded areas under a tree or shade sails. Use timber treated with environmentally friendly preservatives which will not leach poisons into the ground and regularly check for splinters. If you have a trampoline, consider a trampoline pit  so that the jumping mat is level to the ground, safety nets and spring covers. If you have a cubby, can your children safely get in and out? Is the cubby roof difficult to climb to? Keep play equipment clean, splinter and rust free, free from rubbish, insects and embedded objects, and secure or replace items which become loose or weak due to wear and tear and exposure to sun, wind and rain. Supervise and maintain visibility of outdoor play.

Featured home safety resources

 Wherever you are in Australia, these featured resources are available nationally.

Please navigate through the subsections above to find more local or specific contacts.

National contacts

This is a brief list of organisations listed throughout the Safe section, which provide a national emergency or safety service. For specific services or to see what’s available in a local area please browse the subsections in the menu above.

000 Triple Zero emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Poisons Information

24 hour

State Emergency Services

24 hour

Translating and Interpreting Service

24 hour

State and local areas

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hour

Crime Stoppers

24 hour

Kids Help Line

24 hour


24 hour

Emergency contact list

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– Contacts and resources


– Counselling


– Relationships

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.