Public Swimming Pools and Spas

Public swimming pools and spas within Whitehorse City Council are regularly tested to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

Public swimming pools and spas include Aqualink at Box Hill and Nunawading as well as private swim schools, hydrotherapy pools, hotel and motel pools and schools where the pool is hired out to external hirers.

Information about maintaining a pool can be found in the Department of Health's Pool Operators Handbook ( PDF 1.3MB) which outlines information including;

  • Swimming Pool Designs
  • Maintenance
  • Disinfection and control system
  • Operational control and risk management
  • Water treatment types, chemicals and dosages 
  • Pool infection and quality control
  • Monitoring system and sample log sheets
  • Australian Standards and references

The handbook is a guide to operating public swimming pools. This information is advisory and is not intended to replace or override legislation. Pool operators must adhere to and consult all relevant acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines. Every pool operator is responsible for keeping abreast of and following relevant legislation and regulations. 

This handbook is not aimed at domestic backyard pools of single dwelling properties used by the occupying family. The Australian Standard AS 3633 -1989 should be referred to for the maintenance of a private swimming pool.

More information on public swimming pools and spas can be found on the Department of Health website.

Domestic Swimming Pools 

Swimming pools that are not maintained can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

For more information on mosquito management, please visit our mosquito page.