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MEDIA RELEASE - Pool regulations come into force

19 December 2019

Pool owners are advised that the State Government has introduced new requirements to improve swimming pool and spa safety, incorporating changes to inspections, maintenance and compliance.

As part of these changes, all pool owners in the Glenelg Shire will be required to register their private pools and spas with council. This includes all permanent pools and spas and most relocatable ones capable of holding water to a depth greater than 30cm. Small inflatable wading pools that do not require any assembly do not have to be registered.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the new laws had been introduced to keep young children safe.

“According to statistics from the Victorian Building Authority, 27 young children have drowned in private swimming pools and spas since 2007. In at least 20 of those cases, the non-compliance of the safety barrier was a contributing factor,” she explained.

“As a result, these new regulations have come into force to reduce the incidence of drownings among young children.”

“The new regulations are already in effect, however implementation will be staged to give owners time to adjust to the new requirements. Registrations to council must be submitted by 1 June 2020.”

What pool owners will be required to do:

• Register your pool or outdoor spa with council by 1 June 2020.
• Hire a registered building/pool inspector to complete an inspection.
• Following the inspection, you will need to submit a Certificate of Compliance for your pool/spa.

Compliance certificates need to be lodged in line with the below timeframes:

• Pool/spa construction on or before 30 June 1994: Compliance Certificate must be lodged by 1 June 2021.
• Pool/spa construction from 1 June 1994 until 30 April 2010: Compliance Certificate must be lodged by 1 June 2022.
• Pool/spa construction from 1 May 2010 until 31 May 2020: Compliance Certificate must be lodged by 1 June 2023.

Pool and spa safety self-assessment checklists are available via the Building section of the Glenelg Shire website. The checklists are designed to provide guidance to homeowners with maintaining safety around pool and spa areas.

For further information, visit www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools


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