On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. As of June 1 2020, it is now mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with the relevant council.
Owners are also required to have their safety barriers inspected and to lodge a certificate of barrier compliance with their council. If a safety barrier is not compliant, it is the owner’s responsibility to make the barrier compliant and have the safety barriers re-examined.
It is an offence to not lodge a certificate of barrier compliance. If you don’t lodge a certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance by the due date, you may face an on-the-spot fine of approximately $330 and a penalty of up to $1,652.20.
If you are currently selling or purchasing a home with spa and/or pool facilities it is important to let your conveyancer or solicitor know so they are able to obtain a copy of the current registration.
For more information click here or discuss further with your local council.