Swimming pools and spas
On average, four young children die in Victoria in home swimming pools or spas each year, and many more are taken to hospital for near-drownings. We encourage the active supervision of young children in and around swimming pools and spas at all times.
In Victoria, the construction and installation of swimming pools, spas and safety barriers and barrier maintenance are all subject to the requirements of the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations).
Swimming pool and spa owners have a legal obligation to ensure that they maintain the effective operation of swimming pool and spa safety barriers. Gates and doors must remain closed, except when entering the pool or spa.
New pool and spa registration and inspection requirements
On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. They introduce new registration, inspection and certification requirements for property owners.
As part of the changes, owners are required to register their pool and spa with their local council and have their safety barrier inspected once every four years.
Relocatable pools that do not consist of multiple components and do not require any assembly are not subject to the barrier requirements. An example of such a product is a small inflatable pool that requires no assembly other than inflation.
The information provided in these pages will help swimming pool and spa owners better understand their legal obligations for the installation of swimming pools, spas and safety barriers, as well as the new registration, inspection and certification requirements. These pages will also help tenants and property agents understand who is responsible for pool and spa safety.
Find out more about:
- new pool and spa registration requirements
- pool and spa inspection and compliance
- pool safety barriers
- installing a new pool or spa.
Council and practitioner guide
We have created a Council and Practitioner Guide (PDF, 330.2 KB) detailing the process required to undertake inspections and issue compliance and non-compliance certificates.
This guide clarifies council and practitioner responsibilities under the building legislation in relation to swimming pool safety. It is not a substitute for the relevant legislation.