SPASA Vic calls on govt to implement mandatory pool barrier inspections

SPASA Victoria

By Alice Richard
Monday, 28 November, 2016

SPASA Victoria is lobbying the Victorian Government to make pool and spa barrier inspections mandatory in the state.

“SPASA Victoria is strongly of the view that inspections of pool and spa barriers should be mandatory in Victoria in order to improve safety outcomes,” said SPASA Victoria CEO Brendan Watkins.

The state body is urging the Victorian Government to pass legislation to:

  1. Immediately make pool barrier compliance certification mandatory for all properties sold or leased in Victoria.
  2. Introduce a mandatory barrier inspection protocol that ensures all residential properties with a pool or spa in Victoria are inspected every three years.

“The recent experience in Queensland and NSW has been that the development of a swimming pool register and appropriate inspectors course has taken up to five years to develop and implement. Hence the need to introduce the immediate inspections at lease or sale of properties.”

Pool and spa barrier inspections are currently only mandatory in three states: NSW, Queensland and Western Australia. SPASA Victoria says that, since the introduction of mandatory barrier inspections in WA in 1992, there has been a 58.7% decrease in the average number of toddler drowning deaths.

“What we know is our members are in the field seeing backyard pools seven days a week and many, many pool barriers have not been maintained and are not safe. The recent media coverage regarding barrier inspection failures by local councils underlines this fact. Mandatory pool barrier inspections will keep our kids safe,” said Watkins.

“As responsible industry leaders, SPASA Victoria will campaign tirelessly until pool and spa barrier inspections are legislated in Victoria.

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