Pool and spa owners must be registered
The Victorian Government law introduced December 2019 require:
- Mandatory registration of swimming pools and spas
- A new compliance regime to improve swimming pool and spa safety
The new regulations aim to reduce incidences of young children drowning in private swimming pools and spas by improving safety barrier requirement compliance.
For more information visit the Victorian Building Authority Swimming pools, spas and safety barriers
Background information about safety barriers
Always watch young children around water.
Well-maintained safety barriers are required around all permanent or relocatable swimming pools and spas in Victoria capable of holding more than 300mm of water, including:
- In-ground swimming pools
- Above-ground swimming pools
- Hot tubs and Jacuzzis
- Indoor swimming pools
- Inflatable and relocatable pools
A swimming pool is defined as any excavation or structure containing water and used principally for swimming, wading or paddling, including a bathing or wading pool, or spa.
Note: A lockable lid on a spa is not a compliant safety barrier.
Safety barriers are not required for:
- dams on a rural property, water tanks, streams, rivers and ornamental ponds or fountains not defined as swimming pools or spas.
- temporary swimming pools (wading pools, toddler pools, inflatable pools and spas) not capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300mm but should be emptied after each use.