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Servicing Greater Geelong
Pool Safety Solutions service the following suburbs and areas in the City of Greater Geelong Council:
Anakie, Armstrong Creek, Avalon, Balliang, Barwon Heads, Batesford, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Bellarine, Belmont, Breakwater, Breamlea, Ceres, Charlemont, Clifton Springs, Connewarre, Corio, Curlewis, Drumcondra, Drysdale, East Geelong, Fyansford, Geelong, Geelong West, Grovedale, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Highton, Indented Head, Lara, Leopold, Little River, Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Mannerim, Marcus Hill, Marshall, Moolap, Moorabool, Mount Duneed, Newcomb, Newtown, Norlane, North Geelong, North Shore, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Point Wilson, Portarlington, Rippleside, South Geelong, St Albans Park, St Leonards, Staughton Vale, Swan Bay, Thomson, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds, Werribee, Whittington – and beyond
Servicing Greater Melbourne
Pool Safety Solutions service the following suburbs and areas of Banyule Council, Bayside City Council, Brimbank City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, City of Boroondara, City of Casey, City of Melbourne, City of Melton, City of Port Phillip, City of Whittlesea, Darebin Council, Glen Eira City Council, Hobsons Bay, Home City of Stonnington, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Manningham Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Maroondah City Council, City of Melton, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Whitehorse City Council, Wyndham City Council, City of Yarra:
Aberfeldie, Airport West, Albanvale, Albert Park, Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Ardeer, Armadale, Ascot Vale, Avondale, Heights, Avonsleigh, Badger Creek, Balaclava, Bayles, Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield Upper, Beaumaris, Berwick, Beveridge, Big Pats Creek, Black Rock, Blind Bight, Botanic Ridge, Box Hills, Braybrook, Brighton, Brighton East, Brookfield, Brooklyn, Bundoora, Bunyip, Bunyip North, Burnside, Burnside Heights, Cairnlea, Calder Park, Caldermeade, Cambarville, Campbellfield, Cannons Creek, Carlton North, Caroline Springs, Catani, Chadstone, Cheltenham, Christmas Hills, Chum Creek, Clematis, Clyde, Clyde North, Cockatoo, Cocoroc, Coldstream, Cora Lynn, Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Dalmore, Deer Park, Delahey, Derrimut, Devon Meadows, Dewhurst, Diggers Rest, Dixons Creek, Docklands, Doreen, Doveton, Eden Park, Elwood, Emerald, Endeavour Hills, Epping, Essendon, Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Essendon West, Exford, Eynesbury, Fernshaw, Ferny Creek, Flemington, Footscray, Garfield, Garfield North, Gembrook, Gilderoy, Gladysdale, Glen Iris, Guys Hill, Hallam, Hampton, Hampton East, Hampton Park, Harkaway, Healesville, Heath Hill, Highett, Hillside, Hoppers Crossing, Humevale, Iona, Junction Village, Kalkallo, Kallista, Kealba, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Keilor East, Keilor Lodge, Keilor North, Keilor Park, Kensington, Kings Park, Kingsville, Koo Wee Rup, Kurunjang, Lang Lang, Lang Lang East, Laverton, Laverton North, Lilydale, Little River, Longwarry, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Lysterfield South, Macclesfield, Maidstone, Malvern, Malvern East, Mambourin, Manor Lakes, Maribyrnong, Maryknoll, Matlock, McMahons Creek, Melbourne City, Melton, Melton South, Melton West, Menzies Creek, Mernda, Middle Park, Millgrove, Modella, Monash University, Monbulk, Monomeith, Moonee Ponds, Mooroolbark, Nangana, Nar Nar Goon, Nar Nar Goon North, Narre Warren, Narre Warren East, Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South, Newport, Niddrie, Nyora, Officer, Officer South, Olinda, Pakenham, Pakenham South, Pakenham Upper, Panton Hill, Parkville, Parwan, Pearcedale, Plumpton, Point Cook, Port Melbourne, Powelltown, Prahran, Quandong, Queenscliff, Ravenhall, Reefton, Ringwood, Rockbank, Rythdale, Sandringham, Sassafras, Seabrook, Seaholme, Seddon, Sherbrooke, Silvan, Smiths Gully, South Kingsville, South Morang, South Wharf, South Yarra, Southbank, Spotswood, St Andrews, Steels Creek, Strathewen, Strathmore, Strathmore Heights, Strathtulloh, Sunbury, Sunshine, Sunshine North, Sunshine West, Sydenham, Tarneit, Tarrawarra, Taylors Hill, Taylors Lakes, The Patch, Thornhill Park, Three Bridges, Tonimbuk, Toolern Vale, Tooradin, Tooradin North, Toorak, Toorongo, Tottenham, Travancore, Tremont, Truganina, Truganina, Tullamarine, Tynong, Tynong North, Vervale, Warburton, Warneet, Weir Views, Werribee, Werribee South, Wesburn, West Footscray, West Melbourne, Williams Landing, Williamstown, Williamstown North, Windsor, Wollert, Woodstock, Wyndham Vale, Yan Yean, Yannathan, Yarra, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction, Yarraville, Yering – and beyond
Pool Safety Solutions service the following suburbs and areas in the Frankston Region for Knox City Council, Kingston City Council, City of Casey, Greater Dandenong and Frankston City Council:
Bangholme, Berwick, Blind Bight, Botanic Ridge, Cannons Creek, Carrum Downs, Clyde, Clyde North, Cranbourne, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Dandenong, Dandenong North, Dandenong South, Devon Meadows, Doveton, Endeavour Hills, Frankston North, Frankston South, Hallam, Hampton Park, Harkaway, Junction Village, Keysborough, Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Lysterfield South, Monash University, Narre Warren, Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South, Noble Park, Noble Park North, Pearcedale, Sandhurst, Seaford, Skye, Springvale, Springvale South, Tooradin, Warneet – and beyond.
Servicing Mornington Peninsula
Pool Safety Solutions service the following suburbs and areas in Mornington Peninsula City Council:
Arthurs Seat, Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Baxter, Bittern, Blairgowrie, Boneo, Cape Schanck, Crib Point, Dromana, Fingal, Flinders, Hastings, HMAS Cerberus, Main Ridge, McCrae, Merricks, Merricks Beach, Merricks North, Moorooduc, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Mount Martha, Point Leo, Portsea, Red Hill, Red Hill South, Rosebud, Rye, Safety Beach, Shoreham, Somers, Somerville, Sorrento, St Andrews Beach, Tootgarook, Tuerong, Tyabb – and beyond
How it works
1. Book Inspection
Book online entering your details and your preferred day to receive confirmation your booking has been received. Our office will confirm your appointment and lock everything in. Alternatively, just call us to chat about arranging your appointment.
2. Get Inspected
Armed with a tape measure, our friendly Pool Safety Inspectors completes an onsite inspection within 45 minutes. They’ll check your swimming pool, spa and barriers are compliant to Australian Government and State Government Standards.
3. Receive Certificate
After your inspection, we’ll email your results within 1 business day - if not sooner. If your pool is compliant, you get a gold star in pool safety. If you’re not compliant, you’ll receive your certificate or notice with a report including photos. Once you’ve rectified your issues, you can book a reinspection with the same inspector.
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For pools and spas installed before 8 April 1991
For pools and spas installed 8 April 1991 – 30 April 2010
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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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Free online PoolSS VIC resources
Standards, Acts, Regulations & Legislation
What is a pool?
- above-ground pools and spas, including relocatable and inflatable pools capable of holding more than 300 mm (30 cm) depth of water and require assembly on site.
- in-ground pools and spas
- indoor pools and spas
- bathing and wading pools capable of containing more than 300 mm (30 cm) depth of water.
Swimming pools include concrete pools, fibreglass pools, inflatable pools, temporary pools, wading pools, above ground pools and spa pools. A spa pool is classified as a swimming pool but includes any excavation, structure, or vessel in the nature of a spa pool, flotation tank, tub – though not a spa bath.
Essentially, a swimming pool, swimming pool spa, swimming bath, wading pool or paddling pool is designed as a structure to hold a minimum of 300 mm water for swimming and other water activities while adding value and lifestyle benefits to a property.
What is pool barrier compliance?
Statistics show the majority of drownings in private swimming pools occurred with children aged 0-4 years, with inadequate pool fencing a major factor contributing to these drownings.
The ultimate goal for pool compliance is to prevent these drownings while specifically focusing on pool fence and barriers.
Pool barrier compliance means your pool meets the legal pool safety requirements for your state for
- height and strength of barriers
- non-climbable zones
- gates and their latching requirements,
- preventing direct access from a building into a pool area, and
- adequate signage
Do I need to register my pool?
As the first step to preventing children drownings aged 0-4 in private swimming pools, state pool registers were set up to track and monitor each pool.
In VIC, all residential pools must be registered with their local council, which you can locate >here.
If you are a property owner.
- selling or leasing a property with a swimming pool or spa
- building a new swimming pool or spa on a property
- new fence being built around an existing swimming pool or spa
- bought a property with a pool or spa 90 days from settlement
- run a family day care, home care or at-home child care facility
- requested by your bank applying for or refinancing your home loan
- directed by council
If you are a property manager of a pool owner for any of the above situations, you need to contact the property owner and make sure they register their pool.
What happens if I don't register my pool or spa?
Failure to register your pool or spa, you may face an on-the-spot fines of $330 and penalties up to $1,652.20.
You can also receive a written notice from your council requiring you register your pool or spa.
I recently purchased a property with a pool or spa: how can I check it’s registered?
You will have to check with your local council which you can locate >here.
We don’t have children.. Do I have to register our pool and obtain a certificate of barrier compliance?
Yes. It is mandatory for al VIC property owners to apply to register any pool or spa on their property.
What is a pool safety compliance certificate?
A pool safety compliance certificate certifies a swimming pool or swimming pool spa’s fences and barriers meet the state safety requirements.
In Victoria, inspections of your pool or spa barrier and pool certificates of barrier compliance are issued by
- a registered building surveyor
- a registered building inspector (Pool Safety)
- a municipal building surveyor
This certificate needs to be renewed every 4 years.
If building surveyor or pool safety inspector finds a pool does not meet the swimming pool spa fences and barriers safety requirements, a certificate of barrier non-compliance is issued.
Depending upon the rectification work required, this certificate is valid for up to 7 days or 60 days, allowing any necessary rectification works to be completed.
Why do I need a pool safety compliance certificate?
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
As part of the delicious paperwork to maintain a wonderfully safe standard of living, a pool safety barrier compliance certificate is needed when
- selling or leasing a property with a swimming pool or spa
- building a new swimming pool or spa on a property
- a new fence is being built around an existing swimming pool or spa
- a property is purchased with a pool or spa 90 days from settlement
- running a family day care, home care or at-home child care facility
- requested by your bank applying for or refinancing your home loan, or
- directed by council
What does date of construction refer to?
After you apply to register your pool or spa, council determines the date of construction of your pool or spa and the applicable barrier standard which is determined by the date your pool or spa was constructed.
What is the pool safety standard?
In VIC, the requirements for pool and spa barriers and fences depend on when the pool and barriers were constructed. This is confirmed by council.
The VIC Building Authority has 5 pool safety standards — which can be read >here. They are set according to when the pool was constructed
- PART 9A BUILDING REGULATIONS 2018 AND AS 1926.1-1993 for swimming pool barriers constructed before 8 April, 1991
- AS 1926.1 – 1986 which applies to pools barriers constructed between 8 April 1991 and 31 October 1994
- AS 1926.1 – 1993 which applies to pool barriers constructed from 1 November 1994 to 30 April 2010
- AS 1926.2-2007 which applies to pool barriers constructed from 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2013
- AS 1926.1 – 2012 which applies to pool barriers constructed after 1 May 2013
These standards cover
- pool and spa fences and barriers
- NCZ non-climbable zone
- pool gate latch safety, and
- CPR Signage
What is a pool safety inspector?
In VIC, pool compliance certificates are issued by registered building surveyor or pool safety inspector
Essentially, the pool safety inspector’s role is to
- inspect the property’s pool and spa barriers, and
- issue Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance or Form 24 certificate of barrier non-compliance
What happens at a pool safety inspection?
Armed with a tape measure, your pool safety inspector completes an onsite inspection within 45 minutes. They’ll check your pool, spa and barriers are compliant and write up a detailed report is written up including photos with descriptions and explanations on rectifications. And, you don’t have to be present for the inspection – check the next FAQ.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
As long as we have access to the pool area, you don’t need to be present – which saves you time (when we always want to save you time and money). If you’re concerned you won’t understand exactly what issues you need to address, you are emailed a detailed report including photos with descriptions and explanations on rectifications.
Read our article “Our Response To COVID-19 (coronavirus) > here – and how we maintain the health of our customers and community as our number one priority – with easy-to-use online and automated systems in addition to rigorous hygiene procedures (we do love the smell of fresh chlorine in the morning!)
What happens after the pool safety inspection?
Once the inspection is complete, your paperwork reaches you.
If your pool is
- compliant, you’ve got a gold star in pool safety and receive your Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance
- not compliant, you’ll receive your Form 24 certificate of barrier non-compliance certificate with a report for rectifications.
Once rectification work is complete, your pool safety inspector returns to inspect all over again to issue your Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance.
What if my pool is not compliant?
That’s OK. Pools are frequently not compliant because small rectifications are required.
If a pool safety inspector finds a pool does not meet the swimming pool spa fences and barriers safety requirements, a Form 24 Certificate of Barrier Non-Compliance is issued. This is valid for up to 60 days, allowing any necessary rectification works to take place and solve those pool safety issues.
If your pool is still not compliant after those 60 days have passed, by law, Council must be notified.
Rectifications may require the skills of a contractor builder. Be sure to pick the right builder who gets the job right the first time and saves you from spending money unnecessarily.
The best questions to ask your builder are
Do you know pool safety compliance?
I’m in NSW or VIC: do you understand what standard do I comply to?
Do you know how to do the rectification works to meet pool safety compliance?
What can I do for 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.
- 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
What our customers have to say
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“We have used Phil on multiple occasions: quick, reasonably priced and very easy to deal with. Highly recommend.”
“Pool Safety Solutions were great to deal with. They took the time to explain all the areas that needed fixing which was greatly appreciated, and made the whole process a lot easier to accept.”
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