Victoria! The deadline for your Pool Compliance of Certificate is due.

Welcome to the ultimate run down with all the whats, whys and hows for this Public Service Announcement: Pool Certificate of Compliance Due 1 June.

 

 

Victoria, the garden state: lush backyards and pristine pools and spas. But there’s a dark side to this luxurious poolside staycation lifestyle. 

Statistics from the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report indicate the majority of drownings in private swimming pools occurred with children aged 0-4 years due to inadequate pool barriers. Since 2000, 27 children have drowned in swimming pools and spas in Victoria with non-compliant safety barriers likely to have played a role in at least 20 of these cases.

In 2019, VIC laws required all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool to comply with the pool safety laws.

What does this mean?

Pool and spa owners need to make sure their pool and spa are safe to VIC state standards.

Specifically,pools and spas  constructed prior to 1994 must meet the state compliance laws by 1 June 2022.

In 2019, VIC laws required all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool to comply with the pool safety laws with valid safety certification, such as

  • Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance
  • Form 24 certificate of barrier non compliance*, or
  • relevant occupation certificate

With 320,000 pool and spas in Victoria, 120,000 pools and spas have been registered so far with approximately 200,000 more still needing to be registered.

* been issued a Form 24 certificate of barrier non compliance? You still need your Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance by the 1 June deadline.

Why?

It’s the law.

Property owners and managers with swimming pools and spas must make sure

  • pools are surrounded with a child-resistant safety barrier that separates the swimming pool or spa from any residential building and any place adjoining the property
  • doors and gates providing access to the swimming pool or spa are self-closing, self-latching and stay closed
  • fences surrounding pools are designed, constructed, installed and maintained to comply with the relevant Australian standards
What are the safety barrier requirements?

VIC state laws have precise requirements for safety barriers which depends on the date your pool or spa barriers were constructed. Check

  • trees and vegetation are not in the 900mm arc of the non-climbable zone
  • internal barriers are 1200mm high and boundary barriers are at least 1800mm high with no more than 100mm gaps in between and under fences – mainly applicable to AS 2012
  • no direct access to the pool without self-latching and self-closing gates

Need more details? The Ultimate PoolSS Safety Checklist has everything you need to navigate the Pool Safety Australian Standards.

How do I comply with new VIC pool and spa laws?
  1. Register your pool or spa area with your local council, which you can locate >here.
  2. Arrange a pool and spa safety barrier inspection by a registered swimming pool inspector to issue your Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance.
  3. Register your certificate of barrier compliance with your local council within 30 days of the certificate being issued.
  4. Receive written notice from your council the Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance has been lodged.
  5. Rinse and repeat – every 4 years.
What can I do to get a compliant pool? Can I DIY Pool Safety?

You certainly can DIY Pool Safety – and do all the hard work before the pool safety inspector arrives.

Check

  • trees and vegetation are not in the 900mm arc of the non-climbable zone
  • fences are at least 1800mm high with no more than 100mm gaps in between and under fences
  • gates are self-closing
  • CPR sign is in the vicinity of the pool

Need more details? The Ultimate PoolSS Safety Checklist has everything you need to navigate the Pool Safety Australian Standard >here

What if I don't comply?

If your pool or spa barriers are not compliant, your pool inspector issues a Form 24 certificate of barrier non compliance allowing you up to 60 days to rectify the issues before your swimming pool inspector can return for reinspection.

What if I miss the 1 June deadline?

Once 1 June, 2022 has passed, you pool or spa is officially non-compliant.

Council may issue you a notice to get compliant. You can also face on-the-spot-fines of $330 and penalties up to $1,652.20.

My question isn't here!

Not to worry!

Learn up on Pool Safety FAQs right >here.

Still got questions? We’ve got answers. Contact Us where our friendly team are available by email or phone.

Pool Safety is a community responsibility and we are driven to bring you peace of mind to the safety of your pool and spa. We are experts in the pool safety laws with a commitment to service and pool safety – and proud of it.

 


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The Ultimate PoolSS Safety Checklist

Welcome to the most difficult part of Pool Safety. But we’ve got you.

Checklists are used for legislation and compliance - specifically according to your pool or spa, barrier and property. To make pool safety easier to understand, we created The Ultimate PoolSS Safety Checklist to keep pool safety simple - for you.

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Disclaimer: The Ultimate PoolSS Safety Checklist is a guide only, and does not constitute acknowledgment or approval of compliance or safety.
If you check "No" to any of our questions, we recommend you Book An Inspection with our pool safety inspector.

 


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