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Update: 26 May 2020

The Victorian Government has extended the deadline for mandatory registration due to the impacts of coronavirus.

Private pool and spa owners now have until 1 November 2020 to register their pools with their local council - an extension of 5 months from the original deadline.

The deadline to register your pool or spa as part of the Victorian Government’s new mandatory legislation is fast approaching.

All property owners with a pool or spa in Victoria are required to register with their local council by 1 June 2020. You are only required to register by this date. Failure to do so may result in a fine, as it is now a legal requirement.

This requirement is in response to a series of coronial investigations, which found that faulty and unsafe pool barriers had contributed to the deaths of children in backyard pools. Research has shown that over 80 per cent of swimming pool and spa barriers in Victoria aren’t meeting the required safety standards.

Once your pool or spa is registered, we will write to you to tell you:

  • which safety barrier standards apply based on when your pool or spa was built 
  • by which date you need to have a registered building surveyor or inspector inspect and certify your safety barrier.

This will be required every 4 years along with the lodgement of your renewed certificate of compliance to show that your barrier continues to meets legal requirements.

A one-off administration fee of $79 has been set by the Victorian Government to register your pool or spa.

For more information and to register your pool or spa, see Register a pool or spa.