Govt announces changes to pool barrier inspection regulations

SPASA New South Wales & ACT

By Alice Richard
Monday, 14 March, 2016

As anticipated, the Minister for Local Government has announced amendments to swimming pool barrier compliance regulations in advance of the 29 April deadline.

Home owners will now be able to sell a property with a notice of non-compliance, with the new owner given up to 90 days to undertake any repairs required to make the barrier compliant. Previously, it was proposed that sales of properties with swimming pools would only be able to proceed to market with a Certificate of Compliance attached to the sale contract.

Many in the industry had warned the Office of Local Government that the new rules would cause a bottleneck in property sales and leases as there are too few qualified inspectors available to meet the anticipated demand. In addition, with high numbers of barriers expected to be non-compliant, the time taken for owners to rectify any issues and have a barrier re-inspected would further delay sales.

“SPASA is pleased that the government has recognised the need to provide some relief for vendors whilst arming purchasers with the relevant information before entering into a contract,” said SPASA NSW & ACT President Robert Guthrie.

“We appreciate the clarification by the minister and await the release of the Review of the Swimming Pool Barrier Requirements for Backyard Swimming Pools in NSW (Lambert Report) and its further recommendations.”

SPASA CEO Spiros Dassakis said, “The transfer of compliance amendment [was] necessary as it addressed supply and demand issues for vendors, purchasers and tradespersons who are tasked with undertaking repairs within rigid timelines.” He said that while this is a positive first step, the pool inspection framework still requires significant work.

Further details on the Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection Program will be circulated as they become available.

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