Do I still need pool fencing if I have an above ground swimming pool or spa?
The walls of an above-ground swimming pool or spa provide a barrier if they are at least 1.2 m in height and do not have a surface that enables a child to gain a foothold and climb into the swimming pool or spa. However, the nominated access into the pool or spa (via step or ladder) must be fenced with compliant safety barriers. Additionally, any objects that could be climbable by a young child, such as furniture, flower pots, pool filter, and pump equipment should be removed or properly fenced.
I have recently purchased a house where there is no fence around the swimming pool or spa. Whose responsibility is it to install a fence?
As the new owner, you are responsible for ensuring that the safety barrier is provided. If you own or are purchasing a home with a swimming pool or spa and are not sure that the swimming pool or spa fence or barrier complies, please check with Pool Safety Victoria. Make sure it has a Pool Safety Fence Permit or Spa Safety Fence Permit and get a pool compliance certificate.
I have recently purchased an inflatable swimming pool to be used only in the summer. Does it require fencing or be registered with Council?
An inflatable swimming pool, which is capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300 mm, requires a permanent safety barrier. You will need to register it with Council within 3 days of installing it. You may also need a building permit to install this temporary pool even though it may be disassembled and stored away in the cooler months.
I have recently installed a cover over the swimming pool or spa. Does it comply with the legislation as a safety barrier?
No. The placing of a cover or lid over the swimming pool or spa does not meet Victoria’s safety barrier requirements. You are required to provide a permanent safety barrier and therefore have a Certificate of Barrier Compliance for it. You need a Pool Safety Fence Permit and a pool compliance certificate.