Have you heard about the new pool legislation?

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Have you heard about the new pool legislation?

The pool fencing laws are changing in Victoria, thanks to the Andrews Labour Government’s decision at the beginning of April 2018.

How does it impact me?                                                                                                                                                What do I need to change?                                                                                                                                            Do I have to make those changes?                                                                                                                                When does this need to be implemented?

Continue reading below for the answers to all your questions.

The Register

The Government will be establishing a comprehensive register of all household pools and spas across the state; and it’s mandatory. Every homeowner with a pool or a spa is required to register their pool with their local council.


Another regulation that will be implemented is regular inspections to ensure safety barriers are effective and working correctly. The inspections will occur every 3 years to report on the ongoing status of general wear and tear as well as the standard of safety.


There will be a requirement for a certificate of compliance when selling or leasing a property from a qualified building professional.


What does this mean for me (as a tenant)?

  • Report to your agent if you notice any deterioration of the fencing.
  • Be accessible when mandatory inspections are required to be scheduled in.

What does this mean for me (as an owner)?         

  • You are required to register the pool or spa and ensure barriers comply with required standards.
  • You are also required to comply with the mandatory inspections of the fencing.
  • You can appoint an agent to manage these responsibilities on your behalf.

When do these regulations kick in?

The new legislation will be taken to parliament June this year and will be in place for the summer season in 2019.  As more information comes to hand, we will endeavour to keep you up to date with the latest news on these important changes to swimming pool inspections.

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