Skateboards, foot scooters and rollerblades

Get the facts

A pedestrian includes ‘a person in/on a wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy’. This includes rollerblades, a skateboard, scooter, unicycle or similar wheeled device. 

  • You can ride foot scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades on footpaths unless there are signs that prohibit their use. You must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians on foot.
  • On separated bicycle and pedestrian paths, foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders must use the bicycle path. However, you must keep out of the path of bicycles. 
  • You can only use foot scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades on the road in daylight. 
  • You can’t use foot scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades on roads with a dividing line, median strip, or a speed limit greater than 50km/h, or a multi-lane one-way road. 

Electric scooters can't be registered and aren't allowed on public roads, except where hired through a share scheme in a designated e-scooter trial area. Electric skateboards are allowed as a mobility aid for people with a disability who meet specific use conditions. You can only use them on private land. 

Tools and tips

  • On the footpath, take extra care around vulnerable pedestrians, especially the elderly. You may need to slow down or get off in busy areas. 
  • For everyone's safety and enjoyment, foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades are best ridden in designated recreational areas. 
  • You should wear helmets and protective gear such as knee and elbow pads. 
  • For the best protection, choose accredited bike helmets that comply with the Australian Standard and feature BSI, Global-Mark, SAI Global or AUS labels.
  • The use of foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades on the road isn't recommended for school-aged or younger children.