Information & FAQ

Common Questions Regarding Pool Barrier Inspections

I have a pool or spa. What should I do?

If you are the owner of land on which a pool or spa is located, you must register your pool and spa with the relevant council.  Contact the council or check their website for more information on how to register your pool or spa, including the fees payable.

Does my pool/spa require a safety barrier?

All swimming pools and spas capable of containing water to a depth greater than 300 mm (30 cm) must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children (under the age of five). Barriers are required for:

  • in-ground pools and spas
  • above-ground pools and spas, including relocatable and inflatable pools that are capable of holding more than 300 mm (30 cm) depth of water and require assembly on site.
  • indoor pools and spas

bathing and wading pools capable of containing more than 300 mm (30 cm) depth of water.

What happens after I register my pool or spa?

Your council will issue you with a letter of registration.  It will state the date of construction of the swimming pool, the relevant standard that the safety barrier must comply with and the date that the certificate of compliance must be submitted by. The letter of registration must be received before your pool can be properly inspected. Then contact Cordon Pool Safety Inspections.

When do I need to have my pool barrier inspected?

Pool/Spa Construction Date:

Compliance Certificate Must be Lodged by:

On or before 30 June 1994

1 June 2022

From 1 July 1994 until 30 April 2010

1 June 2023

From 1 May 2010 until 31 October 2020

1 June 2024

What if my barrier is deemed non-compliant?

We will provide you with a detailed report on all aspects of your pool barrier including any areas of non-compliance.  Non-compliant issues will be explained in accordance with the requirements of the standard applicable to your pool or spa.  We will provide suggestions on how to bring your barrier into compliance.  Generally, you will be given 60 days to bring your barrier into compliance.

If your pool or spa barrier is assessed as an immediate risk to life or safety, we must issue a Certificate of Non-Compliance.

After re-inspection, if the barrier remains non-compliant but we are satisfied that sufficient work is being undertaken to bring the barrier into compliance, an additional seven days are allowed to bring it into compliance.

What happens if I don’t have my swimming pool or spa inspected?

It is an offence not to lodge a Certificate of Compliance with council.  You may receive a fine and ongoing penalties from your council.

How often do I need to get my pool or spa barrier inspected?

A Certificate of Compliance will need to be lodged with your council every four years.

I don't have any children. Do I have to register my pool and obtain a certificate of compliance?

Yes. The barrier safety requirements are for the safety of visitors to the property or neighbouring properties.

Where can I get more information about safety barrier requirements?

You can obtain more information from the Victorian Building Authority website or contact your local council.

I have an inflatable pool. Am I required to have a barrier?

Barriers aren’t required for:

  • inflatable swimming pools (typically toddler or wading pools) that cannot contain a water depth greater than 300 mm (30 cm).
  • small inflatable pools that do not consist of multiple components and do not require any assembly. An example of such a product is a small inflatable pool that requires no assembly other than inflation.
  • bird baths
  • fountains
  • water supply/storage tanks
  • fish ponds
  • dams
  • baths used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use
  • spas inside a building (e.g. in a bathroom) used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use
  • pools or spas that cannot contain a water depth of more than 300 mm.
How long does an inspection take?

An initial inspection can take about one hour.  A follow up inspection should take much less time.

Do I need to be home for a pool inspection?

No.  If we can get access your pool area, we can conduct the inspection and discuss it with you by phone.

How compliant is my pool barrier?  Try the self-checklist applicable to your pool or spa

For Pools and Spas Installed Before 8 April 1991

Self-Assessment Checklist I

For Pools and Spas Installed Before 8 April 1991 and 30 April 2010

Self-Assessment Checklist II

For Pools and Spas Installed Before 1 May 2010

Self-Assessment Checklist III

Source: Victorian Building Authority, Victoria State Government

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