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.