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Swimming Pool Safety Regulations Victoria

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We understand that ensuring compliance with pool safety regulations can be daunting for pool owners. That’s where we come in.

Our team of certified inspectors is here to help you navigate the complex world of pool safety compliance. We offer comprehensive inspections of residential and commercial pools, spas, and pool barriers to ensure they meet all necessary safety standards.

With Pool Safe Inspections Victoria, you can know that your pool is compliant and safe for you and your loved ones. Our inspections are thorough, efficient, and cost-effective, so you can have confidence that you’re getting the best value for your money.

Don’t let compliance worries weigh you down – let us help you ensure that your pool is safe and compliant. Contact Pool Safe Inspections Victoria today to schedule your inspection and take the first step towards hassle-free compliance.

How compliant is your pool?

If you’re a pool owner, it’s important to regularly check that your pool complies with all necessary safety regulations. Non-compliant pools can pose serious risks to pool users, and failure to meet compliance standards can result in fines and other legal consequences.

To ensure that your pool is compliant, it’s a good idea to schedule regular inspections with a certified pool safety inspector. At Pool Safe Inspections Victoria, our team of inspectors is trained to identify any potential hazards or non-compliant features in your pool. We’ll provide you with a detailed report outlining any necessary repairs or improvements, so you can take the necessary steps to bring your pool into compliance.

Don’t take chances with pool safety – make sure your pool is compliant and safe for use by scheduling an inspection with Pool Safe Inspections Victoria today.

Get Your Pool Certificate Of Compliance In A Snap With These Easy Steps

It’s important to understand what a pool certificate of compliance is and why it’s necessary. A pool certificate of compliance is a document that confirms that your pool meets the safety standards set by your Local Council. These standards are in place to ensure that pools are safe for everyone to use, particularly children. It is required by law to have a pool certificate of compliance to use your pool.

Now, let’s get into the steps for obtaining your pool certificate of compliance.


Register Your Pool With Your Local Council.
Obtain Your Council Statement On When The Pool/Barrier Was Installed. If You Cannot Do So, The Local Council Will Decide.
Book A Pool Compliance Inspection.

Our Pool Safety Inspection Service ensures that your swimming pool and spa’s safety barriers meet Victorian regulations and standards. You will receive either a ‘Pool Safety Certificate’ or a report outlining any areas of non-compliance based on the inspection results. We will work with you to make any adjustments necessary to meet the required safety standards to ensure that your pool and spa are safe for use.

Once And If Your Certificate Form 23 Is Issued, This Can Now Be Lodged With Council.
See You In 4 Years For Your Next Inspection.
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What Are The New Pool Or Spa Fencing Safety Regulations In Victoria The Basic Rules

In Victoria, Australia, pool and spa fencing safety regulations are governed by the  Building Regulations 2018 and the Swimming Pools Act 1992. These regulations outline the requirements for the design, construction, and maintenance of pool and spa fencing to ensure the safety of children and other vulnerable individuals.

According to the Building Regulations 2018, all swimming pools and spas with a depth of more than 300mm (about 12 inches) must be surrounded by a child-resistant barrier. This barrier must be a continuous and self-closing fence at least 1200mm (about 47 inches) high and is designed to prevent children from accessing the pool or spa area. The fence must also have self-closing gates and self-latching, and the latch must be located at least 1500mm (about 59 inches) above the ground.

In addition to these requirements, the Swimming Pools Act 1992 requires that all pool and spa fencing must be inspected and certified by a qualified building surveyor every four years. This ensures that the fencing meets all safety requirements and is in good repair.

It is important to note that these regulations apply to all swimming pools and spas, including above-ground, in-ground, indoor, and portable. The owner or operator of the pool or spa is responsible for ensuring that the fencing meets all safety regulations and is maintained in good condition. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and other penalties.

Pool Fencing Laws

Dates of required inspections and certificates: for a swimming pool or spa registered under regulation 147L, the date by which the first certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance is required to be lodged with the relevant council;

- 1 June 2022, for a swimming pool or spa with a date of construction on or before 30 June 1994;
- or (b) 1 June 2023 for a swimming pool or spa with a date of construction From 1 July 1994 until 30 April 2010;
- or(c) 1 June 2024, for a swimming pool or spa with a date of construction From 1 May 2010 until 31 October 2020

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If a Victorian residential pool or spa has a depth of 30cm or more (300mm), it is required to be surrounded by safety barrier. This includes inflatable pools. All pools and spas built after 2010 require a four sided barrier (isolation fence), with no direct access from the house or any other building to the pool or spa:

- Safety barriers must be a minimum of 1.2 metres high.
- Barrier gates must be self-closing and self-latching.
- It is illegal to leave a pool or spa gate propped open.
- Climbable objects such as pot plants, eskies, pool pumps and chairs must be moved away from the barrier.


A building permit is required before installing a new pool, spa, or barrier. This permit needs to be issued by a registered building surveyor. Building work must start within 12 months of the date that the building permit was issued. During construction, if a new pool is filled with more than 30cm of water it must have a temporary safety barrier put around it.

The Importance of Pool and Spa Depth

The depth of your pool or spa plays a significant role in determining the safety measures required. As mentioned, any pool or spa with a depth of 30cm or more (300mm) in Victoria necessitates a safety barrier. This isn't just a random number; it's based on the potential risk a body of water of that depth can pose, especially to young children.
A deeper pool or spa can pose a higher risk of drowning, especially if someone accidentally falls in. It's not just about swimming skills; even seasoned swimmers can face challenges if caught off guard. Therefore, understanding the depth of your pool or spa and ensuring it has the appropriate safety measures is crucial.

Spa Safety: More Than Just Relaxation

While spas are often associated with relaxation and luxury, they too come with their own set of safety concerns. The warm water can be inviting, but without proper barriers, it can be a hazard. Just like pools, spas need to adhere to the safety regulations set by the Building Regulations 2018 and the Swimming Pools Act 1992.
Moreover, the jets in a spa can pose additional risks, especially for children. It's essential to ensure that the spa's safety features are always in top condition and that the spa is regularly inspected for compliance.

Safety Barriers: Your First Line of Defense

Safety barriers are not just a regulatory requirement; they are the first line of defense against potential accidents. These barriers are designed to be child-resistant, ensuring that young ones cannot easily climb over or slip through them.
However, it's not enough to just have a barrier; it needs to be in optimal condition. Over time, wear and tear can compromise the integrity of these barriers. Regular inspections can identify any weak spots or damages, ensuring that they are addressed promptly.

Barrier Gates: Ensuring Safe Entry and Exit

The gates of your pool or spa barrier are just as crucial as the barriers themselves. These gates should always be self-closing and self-latching. This feature ensures that even if someone forgets to close the gate, it will automatically close, maintaining the safety integrity of the barrier.
The latch's height requirement, set at 1500mm above the ground, is designed to ensure that young children cannot easily reach and open the gate. Regular inspections will check the functionality of these gates, ensuring they close and latch as required.

Pool and spa safety is a shared responsibility

Pool and spa safety is a shared responsibility. While regulatory bodies set the standards, it's up to pool and spa owners to ensure compliance. With the support of Pool Safe Inspections Victoria, you can be confident that your pool or spa is not just compliant but is also safe for all users.
Remember, safety is not a one-time task; it's an ongoing commitment. Regular inspections, understanding the importance of pool and spa depth, and ensuring the integrity of safety barriers and gates are all crucial aspects of this commitment.
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Frequently Asked Questions In Pool Safety Inspections Victoria

Why Do Australian Pools Have Fences?

In Australia, pools are required by law to have fencing around them to prevent drowning accidents, particularly among young children. According to the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five in Australia.
The pool fencing requirements are outlined in the Building Code of Australia and vary based on the state or territory in which the pool is located. Generally, the fence must be at least 1200mm (4 feet) high and have a self-closing and self-latching gate to prevent children’s access to the pool area. The fence must also be designed and constructed to make it difficult for children to climb over or through it.
These fencing requirements aim to create a physical barrier between the pool and the surrounding area to prevent unsupervised access to the pool. By requiring pools to have fences, the government hopes to reduce the number of drowning accidents and keep people safe when using pools.

What is a pool fence or barrier?

A pool fence or barrier is a physical barrier installed around a pool to prevent unsupervised access to the pool area. A pool fence or barrier aims to create a safety zone around the pool to prevent accidental drownings, particularly among young children.
Pool fences or barriers can be made from various materials, including wood, vinyl, aluminium, and glass.

How long is a certificate of barrier compliance valid?

Barrier compliance certificates are only valid for 30 days after they are issued. The pool safety certificates must be filed with the relevant Local Council within this timeframe.
Upon receiving the certificate, the Local Council must acknowledge receipt and inform the applicant that their next certificate is due in 4 years.

Can Victoria Residents Register Their Swimming Pools and Spas Voluntarily?

The registration of swimming pools and spas is not voluntary. According to the Swimming Pools Act 1992, all swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm of water must be registered with the relevant Council. This includes in-ground, above-ground, and portable pools and spas.

When Should Safety Fences Be Installed?

Pool safety fences must be installed in Victoria, Australia, for all new and existing swimming pools and spas. The fencing must be installed before the pool or spa is filled with water or used for swimming.
In the case of a new pool or spa, the fencing must be installed as part of the construction process. In the case of pre-existing pools, i.e. those which were constructed or construction commenced prior to 14 April 2020. The proposed Regulations provide a staged approach to providing the first certificate of compliance. The relevant Local Council will divide these pre-existing pools and spas into three groups according to their construction dates.
If you are unsure if your pool or spa meets the required safety standards, you can contact your Local Council or the Victorian Building Authority for further information and guidance.

Can I install my own pool fence?

Several requirements must be met before a swimming pool, spa, or safety pool barrier can be built, including being constructed by a builder registered in an appropriate category or class or by an owner-builder with an owner-builder certificate.

What is the fine for not having a pool fence in Victoria?

A penalty of up to $1,652.20 may be imposed if you fail to submit a certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance by the due date.
Local councils will fine non-compliant pools. Certification can be time-consuming, and you must ensure you get the deadline. This is especially important if your licensed pool safety inspector has spotted any problems!
If you fail to comply with the new pool safety regulations, you could be fined up to $1817.40 (depending on your Local Council).

My Barrier Did Not Pass the Inspection. What Do I Do?

If your pool does not conform to the pool safety barrier, we will provide you with a report outlining what needs to be done. A 60-day window will be given to you to complete the work and have the pool inspected again. Should the safety barrier still be non-compliant, we will have to notify your Local Council.

Once I Have Registered My Pool or Spa, What Happens if I Alter/Change a Pool Barrier?

After you have registered your pool or spa, if you make changes to the pool barrier that requires a building permit, a building surveyor will need to assess the barrier to ensure it meets the necessary standards. If the surveyor determines that the barrier meets the required standards, they will issue a certificate of compliance and provide it to you. You must then submit this certificate to your Local Council within 14 days. If the barrier does not meet the necessary standards, the building surveyor will require the necessary changes to bring it into compliance.

How to Choose the Right Pools and Safety Inspectors?

Here are some tips for choosing the right pool and safety inspectors:

1. Research and compare different pool and safety inspection companies: Look for companies that have a good reputation and are well-established in the industry. Check their websites and read customer reviews to get a sense of their reliability and quality of service.

2. Consider the inspectors’ qualifications and experience: Ensure the inspectors are licensed and certified to perform pool inspections. It’s also a good idea to choose inspectors who have experience with the specific type of pool you have (e.g., in-ground, above-ground, etc.).

3. Look for a thorough and detail-oriented inspector: A good pool inspector will thoroughly inspect all aspects of the pool, including the structure, equipment, and safety features. They should also provide a detailed report outlining any issues or concerns that need to be addressed.

4. Ensure the inspector is objective: It’s important to choose an objective inspector and not be influenced by any particular company or product. An objective inspector will provide an unbiased assessment of the pool’s condition and make recommendations based on what’s best for you and your family.

5. Consider the cost of the inspection: Keep in mind that pool inspections can vary in cost, depending on the size and complexity of the pool, as well as the level of detail provided in the inspection report. Be sure to compare prices from multiple companies to find the best value.