Do you have a swimming pool or spa at your home or investment property? On the 1st of December 2019, new pool safety standards were announced by the Victoria Government which is set to come into effect on June 1st 2020.
The Andrews Labor Government has introduced new mandatory safety regulations for private pools and spas in a bid to reduce the incidence of drownings among young children.
The majority of drowning deaths of children under five happen in home swimming pools. In Victoria alone, there have been 27 fatal drownings in private swimming pools and spas over the last 19 years.
In response to a series of investigations which saw faulty and unsafe pool barriers result in the deaths of children in backyard swimming pools, the new regulations will now require all pool and spa owners to register their pool or spa with their local council.
Once the pool or spa is registered, a building inspector must determine whether its barrier complies with safety requirements. If the pool or spa barrier is not compliant, owners must fix it or install a new barrier.
When a building inspector is satisfied the pool or spa barrier is compliant, they will issue a Certificate of Barrier Compliance, which owners must lodge with Council. Pool and spa owners are required to obtain and lodge Certificates of Barrier Compliance every four years.
Your property manager will request this documentation and will remind you when it is due to renew.
All swimming pools and spas must be registered by the 1st of June 2020. To register please visit your local council website to submit your application.
Wyndham City Council: https://bit.ly/2yoerJv
Melton Council: https://bit.ly/2WlCErX
Hume Council: https://bit.ly/3aXJ85r
Brimbank Council: https://bit.ly/3de6Vjb
Hobsons Bay Council: https://bit.ly/2W157EA
Macedon Ranges Council: https://bit.ly/3b72Yvm
For more information, please visit the Victoria Building Authority’s website: https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools/