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Summary

On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria.

It is now mandatory to register your pool or spa with us before 1 November 2020.

Once your pool or spa is registered and you have received your registration letter, you need to:

  1. Organise an inspection of your safety barrier.
  2. Lodge a certificate of barrier compliance.
  3. Get a new certificate of barrier compliance every 4 years.

Property owners are responsible for registering pools and spas and maintaining their safety.

About these regulations

The Victorian Government introduced regulations for pools and spas to prevent children from drowning. 

More than 80% of safety barriers in Victoria don't meet the required standards. On average, 4 children die in pools and spas every year and many more are taken to hospital after near-drownings. 

Fees

The Victorian Government sets the fees for registering and lodging a certificate of barrier compliance with councils. 

Pools or spas built before 1 November 2020

If you own a property in Boroondara with a pool or spa you need to register it with us. If you have a relocatable pool or spa, contact us on 9278 4444 to register it.  

To find out what’s classified as a pool or spa, visit the Victorian Building Authority website.

To register: 

  • Upload documents showing when the pool or spa was built (if available). 
  • Let us know if any changes have been made to the safety barrier since it was built.
  • Upload documents or photos showing the changes (if available).

Fees

A $79.00 registration fee applies. 

After you register

Wait to receive a registration letter from us via email before booking an inspection of your safety barrier. The registration letter will advise: 

  • when your pool or spa was built
  • its applicable construction standard
  • when you need to lodge a certificate of barrier compliance. 

You will need to show the registration letter to the building surveyor or inspector at the time of the inspection. 

Organise an inspection

Your pool or spa barrier needs to be inspected and certified to show that it’s safe. A registered building surveyor or inspector will tell you if your barrier meets the required standard, or what you need to do to make it safe. 

Who can conduct an inspection

Any registered building surveyor or inspector in Victoria can inspect your barrier. The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors has a tool to help you find a building surveyor in your area. 

We are not affiliated with any independent swimming pool inspection companies.

We will not give out any information regarding your property or personal details provided as a result of registering your swimming pool or spa.

Register your pool or spa

Pools or spas built on or after 1 November 2020

If your pool or spa was built on or after 1 November 2020, you can register your pool or spa, and lodge a certificate of barrier compliance at the same time.

We will then email you to advise when your next certificate is due. 

Fees

The fee is $52.20 to register and lodge a certificate of barrier compliance. 

Register and lodge a certificate of barrier compliance

Pools or spas that are already registered

If your pool or spa is already registered and the barrier has been inspected, you can lodge your certificate of barrier compliance. 

Only registered building surveyors or inspectors who inspected the pool or spa can lodge a certificate of barrier non-compliance.

The building surveyor or inspector must also give a copy of the certificate of barrier non-compliance to the property owner. 

Compliant barriers 

When your barrier meets the required safety standard, your building surveyor or inspector will issue you a certificate of barrier compliance. 

You need to lodge your certificate with us within 30 days, otherwise the certificate will expire.

Once you have lodged it, we will email you to advise when your next certificate is due. 

Fees

The fee is $20.40 to lodge a certificate of barrier compliance. 

Lodge a certificate of barrier compliance

Non-compliant barriers

If your barrier does not meet the required safety standard, your building surveyor or inspector will issue you with a certificate of barrier non-compliance. 

The building surveyor or inspector needs to lodge the certificate with us as soon as possible.

Fees

There is no charge to lodge a certificate of barrier non-compliance via this form. However, we will send the property owner a notice with an invoice for the $385.00 statutory fee. This fee must be paid within 28 days of receiving the notice. 

Lodge a certificate of barrier non-compliance

Get a new certificate every 4 years

Over time, wear and tear or renovations can mean that gates and barriers no longer meet safety standards. You need to have your barrier inspected and certified every 4 years to make sure it stays safe. 

More information 

For more information about swimming pools, spas and safety barrier requirements, visit the Victorian Building Authority website. 

For general enquiries, contact our Customer Service team on 9278 4444. 

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