Whether it’s summer or winter, barriers for swimming pools and spas need attention to keep our children safe.
If you’re a pool or spa owner, it’s your responsibility to maintain safety barriers all year round, even if no young children live on your property.
Inflatable and relocatable pools that can hold more than 30cm of water also need safety barriers.
New laws for pool and spa owners
The Victorian Government has introduced new laws to improve pool and spa safety.
In Victoria, more than 80 per cent of pool and spa barriers aren't meeting safety standards. On average, 4 children die in pools and spas every year.
If you own a property with a pool or spa, you will need to:
- Register your pool or spa with us.
- Have your safety barrier inspected and certified every 4 years by a registered building surveyor or inspector.
- Lodge a certificate with us to show that your barrier meets legal requirements.
The new, state-wide regulations aim to make pools and spas safer for everyone, particularly young children.
For more information, see Register a pool or spa.
Keeping your pool or spa safe
Here are some simple things you can check yourself to keep your pool or spa safe:
- Gates must be self-closing and self-latching.
- Barriers must be rigid and secure.
- Climbable objects like pot plants, garden furniture and toys should be moved 1.2 m away from the barrier.
For more tips on inspecting your barrier, use the Victorian Building Authority's pool and spa safety barrier self-assessment checklist.
Remember that safety barriers are no substitute for active adult supervision of children around water.
Building permits for pools and spas
You need a Building Permit to add a new pool or spa, or alter a pool barrier. A Building Permit ensures it will meet legal requirements.
For a step by step guide, see Install a pool or spa.
For more information, contact Council’s Building Services on 9278 4999.