ACT Government to consider tightening of swimming pool regulations

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

New regulations may be on the way as the ACT government considers new measures, including regular pool and spa barrier inspections as well as a territory-wide register.

Proposed new regulations are part of a 2011 discussion paper from the Environment and Sustainable Development directorate that, according to the office of the Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, the government will consider early this year.

Among the measures that the paper recommends are a register for all ACT pools and spas, and regular inspections.

Recently, similar reforms, which include state-wide pool registers and regular barrier inspections, have been implemented in NSW and Queensland.

There are approximately 8000 households in the ACT with a swimming pool. The Royal Life Saving Society advises that there has been one reported drowning in the ACT this summer so far, which occurred in a lake.

SPASA understands that the Environment and Sustainable Development directorate will continue to consult all stakeholders prior to the implementation of any new regulation.

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