Although summer seems a long way off, the barriers for swimming pools and spas need our attention throughout the year to protect children.

As a pool or spa owner, it’s your responsibility to maintain those safety barriers and ensure they are safe all year round, even if no young children live on your property.

What to check: 

  • Gates: they must be self-closing and self-latching
  • Barriers: these must be rigid and secure
  • Climbable objects: move climbable objects - like pot plants, garden furniture and toys - 1.2m away from the barrier.

If you want to alter your pool barrier, you’ll need a Building Permit to ensure it will meet legal requirements. See Install a Pool or Spa.

Remember that safety barriers are no substitute for active adult supervision of children around water. 

Further information

Victorian Building Authority checklist for owners of pools, spas and safety barriers

For more information contact Council’s Building Services on 9278 4999.