Safer Pools For Safer Families
The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA Victoria) is elated at the state government’s decision to implement a mandatory pool and spa barrier inspection program in Victoria. Announced in April 2018, the decision came after a long-running campaign by SPASA Victoria and other leading industry stakeholders, who have stridently promoted the importance of a mandatory pool and spa barrier inspection program in Victoria for many years.
“It is with great delight that [we hear] the decision to implement a mandatory barrier inspection program and reverse the proposal of retrospective barrier legislation has been made by the state government. Our voice of reason has finally been heard,” says SPASA Victoria CEO Brendan Watkins.
The Andrews government introduced this new legislation to parliament in June 2018, and the new mandatory pool and spa register and inspection regime will be in place by the 2019 summer season. Under this regulatory overhaul, households will need to register their pool or spa with their local council and declare their pool barriers compliant. A regular regime of inspections as frequent as every three years will then be enforced.