New pool fence regulations in Victoria
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Have you heard about the new safety laws?
Do you know if your spa or pool fence is compliant?
Let Pool Inspect Victoria help you navigate the process.
New pool fence regulations have been introduced in Victoria requiring every backyard swimming pool and spa to be examined by an approved inspector every four years. Owners are required to register their pool or spa with their local council and must submit a comprehensive safety barrier report proving their fencing meets required standards.
Pool Inspect Victoria provides certified spa and pool fence safety inspections and we’re here to help you navigate this new process as simply and efficiently as possible.
What you need to do:
- Register your pool or spa with your local council by June 1, 2020
- Book a safety barrier inspection with Pool Inspect Victoria
- If your safety barrier does not comply, work must be completed to ensure compliance and a reinspection will be required
- If your safety barrier complies, lodge the compliance report with your local council
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Why has this law been introduced?
While these new regulations will come at a small additional cost to spa and pool owners, no monetary value can be put on the safety of your children.
We believe it’s a great idea to have pool and spa safety barriers inspected by a registered inspector every four years to ensure the barriers comply and do not pose a safety risk to young children.
According to Royal Life Saving, in 2018/19, 31 people drowned in swimming pools throughout Australia. 12 of those drownings were children aged 0-4 years. Alarmingly, during the same period the total number of drowning deaths in Victoria increased by 40% from the previous year.
Safe, compliant, correctly functioning pool and spa barriers are one simple way we can avoid the loss of precious lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, under the new legislation all pools and spas must be inspected. You will need to register with your local council and they can advise the date by which you must lodge a compliance certificate.
In Victoria, all swimming pools and spas capable of containing water greater than 300 mm (30 cm) must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children (under the age of five). The Victorian Building Authority states barriers are required for:
- in-ground pools and spas
- above-ground pools and spas, including relocatable and inflatable pools capable of holding more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water
- indoor pools and spas
- bathing and wading pools capable of containing more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water.
Swimming pool and spa owners have a legal obligation to ensure that they maintain the effective operation of swimming pool and spa safety barriers. Gates and doors must remain closed, except when entering the pool or spa.
There are three key dates to be aware of:
- For a swimming pool or spa construction on or before 30 June 1994 a compliance certificate must be lodged by 1 June 2021.
- For a swimming pool or spa constructed between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2012 a compliance certificate must be lodged by 1 June 2022.
- For a swimming pool or spa constructed between 1 May 2012 and 31 May 2020 a compliance certificate must be lodged by 1 June 2023.
After you have lodged your first compliance certificate, you will then be required to do so every four years.
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Do you have any questions about the new pool fence regulations in Victoria? Get in touch with Pool Inspect Victoria today, we’re happy to answer your enquiries.