In Victoria, Australia, all swimming pools and spas that can hold more than 300mm (30cm) of water must comply with the applicable barrier standard for the pool or spa for pool safety and obtain a pool safety certificate every 4 years.

Some of the key requirements for pool safety in Victoria include:

Some of the key requirements for pool safety in Victoria include:

  1. Fencing: Pools and spas must be surrounded by a barrier that is at least 1200mm (1.2m) high and has a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens away from the pool. The barrier must be maintained in good condition and free from any defects that may compromise its effectiveness.
  2. Gates: The pool or spa gate must be fitted with a child-resistant lock, and the gate must open outwards from the pool.
  3. Climbable objects: Any object that a child could use to climb over the pool barrier must be removed or relocated.
  4. Maintenance: Pools and spas areas must be well-maintained
  5. Compliance certificate: A compliance certificate must be obtained every 4 years from a registered building surveyor or pool inspector. The local Council will send out a reminder letter advising of the due date and standard the pool inspector will need to assess the barrier.

Non-compliance with these regulations may result in fines or legal liabilities, and in some cases, may lead to serious accidents or injuries. It is therefore important to ensure that your pool or spa is compliant with the standards to prevent such incidents from occurring.

If you have any concerns or questions about pool compliance in Victoria, you can contact your local council or consult with a professional pool inspector. Contact us today and we will organise for a VBA registered and insured pool inspector to assist you with your pool safety.

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