Thursday, March 12, 2020
The State Government has introduced a new mandatory registration scheme to improve the safety of backyard swimming pools.
The new scheme was introduced in response to recommendations from the Victorian Coroner to strengthen safety laws after investigating several drowning cases, particularly children, in backyard swimming pools.
Homeowners must register their swimming pools and spas with Council and pay a $79 fee.
Private pool and spa owners now have until 1 November 2020 to register their pools with Council – an extension of five months from the original 1 June deadline.
The date by which owners must organise their first inspection and certification of their barrier which will be determined by the age of the pool or spa with older ones to be inspected first and Council will confirm with you what date will be applicable for your situation.
The Certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance must be lodged with Council, for a fee of $20.
Register your pool or spa with Council: 01 November 2020 (extended deadline)
Lodge Certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance:
Pool built before on or before 30 June 1994 1 November 2021
Pool built from 1 July 1994 to 30 April 2010 1 November 2022
Pool built from 1 May 2010 to 31 October 2020 1 November 2023
NB: Owners are required to have a registered Building Surveyor or Inspector certify that their pool or spa safety barrier is compliant every four years after the initial compliance certificate.