Age To Play Paintball In New South Wales Set To Drop To 12

Sydney 6th April 2018 – Ultimate Paintball is excited to announce the recent approval of NSW Paintball reforms by NSW Cabinet. The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation announced the legislative changes. Ultimate Paintball and other industry stakeholders joined forces and had several meeting to help shape these exciting changes.

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 new 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.


Ultimate Paintball Sydney prides itself on being focused on Safety and has 100% Safety record in Australia which was a key factor in having the age reduced to 12 years in conjunction with the industry  proven safety record.