Stakeholders, including swimming pool and spa owners, can now provide input on proposed new requirements relating to private pools and spas.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has prepared draft Regulations that aim to reduce incidences of young children drowning in private swimming pools and spas through improving compliance with safety barrier requirements.
The Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019 will introduce mandatory requirements for owners of private swimming pools or spas to register their pool or spa with their local council. In addition, owners will be required to engage a registered building surveyor or building inspector to inspect and certify the compliance of their safety barrier every three years.
DELWP has prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) that examines the costs and benefits of the proposed Regulations and alternative options that were considered. The RIS and draft Regulations have been released for public consultation so that the Victorian community can provide input on the proposed regulatory changes.
The new regulations will commence on 1 December 2019.
The proposed implementation period will require owners of existing swimming pools and spas to take action by 14 April 2020.
How to make a submission
The public consultation period is an opportunity for anyone interested to have their say on the proposed Regulations before they are finalised.
Questions seeking views on key aspects of the proposed requirements are set out below. The RIS also contains specific questions that stakeholders can respond to in a written submission.
Please provide responses to the questions and/or upload a written submission below.
Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 6 September 2019.
DELWP is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The information you provide will be used in the development of the Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019, and may be used for future policy development relating to requirements for private swimming pools and spas. The information you provide may be made available to DELWP, Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority, the Minister for Planning, and the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee. If you do not wish to provide your personal information we will not be able to identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support. You may access the information you have provided to DELWP by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.