From the commencement of the 2019-20 cricket season (ie: next year), a new Queensland Cricket Playing Condition requires club cricketers (both junior or senior) to wear helmets which are compliant with British Standard BS7928:2103 at all times when batting, wicket keeping up to the stumps and fielding in close. Players will not be able to use non-compliant helmets.
Many currently used helmets (including many still available through retail outlets) do not meet the new standards, and club members should verify when purchasing new helmets that they comply with the new requirements . Advice about determining helmet compliance is provided in the documents linked below.
The new playing condition means that many junior and senior players will need to upgrade their current helmets with new gear that meets the new standards.
This requirement is not being driven by Wests - it is happening as a result of policy changes being implemented by the ICC, Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket to improve the level of protection provided by helmets (click on the link document below to read about the details). The change is a good thing - safety is important, and there's not much point wearing a helmet if it won't keep your scone intact!