New swimming pool and spa safety barrier requirements

Ripples in swimming pool
Drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable death in young children aged 0 to 5 years, and in Victoria, 40 per cent of drowning incidents in this age group occur in home swimming pools.

To improve child safety in and around pools and spas, Victoria’s Building Regulations will change on 1 December 2019, introducing new registration, inspection, maintenance and compliance requirements for property owners.

From Sunday, 1 December 2019:

  • Compulsory registration of swimming pools and spas commences. Property owners must register their pools and spas with their local council by 1 June 2020.
  • Pool and spa owners must obtain and lodge a certificate demonstrating the safety compliance of their pool and spa barrier every four years. An appropriately qualified building surveyor or building inspector must carry out an inspection and provide a compliance certificate.

A new class of building inspector, limited to pool safety, will also be introduced. The eligibility requirements for registration in this new class are:

  • the successful completion of a course in swimming pool and spa safety barrier inspection delivered by a Registered Training Organisation and approved by the Victorian Building Authority; and
  • at least six months of practical experience.

The Victorian Building Authority will provide further information once courses become available, which is expected to be early next year.