Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children under five years of age in Victoria. To improve child safety, the state government has introduced pool and spa safety regulations. All pools and spas must now have safety barriers. If you don’t comply with the regulations, you risk the lives of family and friends as well as fines of up to $5000.
A fully compliant barrier system can never be considered childproof. Therefore, proper adult supervision is essential to ensuring the safety of children around a swimming pool or spa area.
A safety barrier restricts children’s access to the area containing a pool or spa. ‘Safety barrier’ refers to a fence, wall, gate or screen, and includes doors, gates, windows, locks, latches, hinges and self-closing devices attached to them.
Safety barriers are required for in-ground swimming pools, jacuzzis, indoor swimming pools, above-ground swimming pools, spas, bathing and wading pools and hot tubs.
Swimming pool and spa owners are required by law to meet government standards and regulations. Some of these laws include:
For more information on pool safety and fencing, download the Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Barrier Information Sheet (634.27kB) or call Council’s Building Unit on 9262 6333.
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