On 1 December 2019, the Victorian Government introduced new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety across the state. Owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located must register their pool or spa with their local council, and then obtain and lodge compliance certificates for the safety barriers around their pools and spas. Find out more about the regstering pools and spas.
How do I register?
You can register your pool or spa with the City of Ballarat online, click the Permits and Registers tab and select Apply to Register a Pool/Spa.
What pools or spas do the laws apply to?
The laws apply to swimming pools and spas that can hold 30cm or more of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools, and some relocatable pools.
Do the laws apply to all relocatable pools?
Relocatable pools that do not have multiple parts and do not need assembly do not fall under the laws. An example is a small inflatable pool has no assembly other than inflation.
When do I have to register my pool or spa?
You must register your pool or spa now.
What happens after my pool or spa is registered?
Under the new state laws, once your swimming pool or spa has been registered, you need to arrange an inspection of the safety barrier by a qualified inspector to find out if the barrier is compliant with the barrier standard.
If the safety barrier is compliant, the inspector will issue a certificate of compliance. If the safety barrier is non-compliant, you must make the barrier compliant.
How long do I have to lodge a certificate of compliance?
It depends when your pool was built. Find deadlines on the Victorian Building Authority's website.
What are the costs?
For most owners, the cost to register your pool or spa with the City of Ballarat is $80.30, including an information search fee.
A full list of fees and penalties is available on the Victorian Building Authority's website.
How can I tell if my safety barrier on my existing pool or spa is adequate?
As a pool or spa owner, you have an obligation to maintain your swimming pool or spa barrier to prevent access to the pool or spa.
The Victorian Building Authority has checklists that can help you check the safety of your barrier.
Where can I get more information?
Visit the Victorian Building Authority's website for more information about the new laws, including frequently asked questions.