Since 1994, the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association Inc (AALARA), has connected industry business owners, operators and professionals within the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation industry. The Association educates and trains its members to achieve standards of excellence and professionalism in business ethics, operations and practices.

The association's aim is also to promote and safeguard the interests of its members whilst being a relevant source of information on industry trends and statistics in the business of fun. AALARA, being the peak national body for the amusement, leisure and recreation industry in Australia provides a united Industry voice within government and community. Learn more

AALARA is the peak national body representing the amusement, leisure and recreation industry of Australia. AALARA has particular responsibilities in the areas of safety, operations and management within these industries.

AALARA was formed to promote and safeguard the interests of its members including business owners and operators and industry professionals in the following amusement, leisure and recreation industry sectors:

Industry Description
Aquatic attractions Including water parks, swimming pools and aquatic play
Events & festivals Including agricultural shows, community events and festivals, major exhibitions
Go karting Including indoor and outdoor Go karting parks
Indoor play and family entertainment centres Including indoor play centres, family entertainment centres, laser tag and coin operated amusements and amusement rides within static locations
Theme parks and outdoor attractions Including permanent location; major theme parks, animal marine based attractions, adventure/experience operators, heritage parks & railway attractions, maze, amusement parks and outdoor leisure attractions
Manufacturers and professional services Including manufacturers and suppliers to the amusement, leisure and recreation industries, designers, architects and industry consultants
Transportable rides & attractions Including amusement rides, showmen, Laser Skirmish, carnivals, and attractions



AALARA was formed in 1994, and incorporated in 1995, following a decade of privately sponsored safety seminars to industry business operator’s risk management and business practices. Since that time AALARA has grown to provide a united industry voice and establish standards of excellence and professionalism within the Australian amusement, leisure and recreation industry.

AALARA is an Not-For-Profit member based association incorporated in New South Wales.

An elected voluntary board of industry leaders (Board of Directors), with an Executive Committee consisting of an elected President, President Elect, Vice President, and immediate Past President/Treasurer, manages AALARA’s activities.

An Executive Director of the Association handles the day-to-day management of the association. The current Board has strong representation from individuals who collectively represent hundreds of years of experience in the amusement leisure and recreation industries.

AALARA has also established a number of sub-committees to deal with operational areas such as education and training, conference organising and special projects.

The responsibilities of AALARA’s committees are determined by each three year strategic plan for the association.

AALARA is also represented in Australian Standards committees involved in the drafting and publication of guidance for the manufacture, installation and operation of amusement, leisure and recreation industry equipment.