Victorian Government introduces new pool fencing legislation

Wednesday, 08 August, 2018

Victorian Government introduces new pool fencing legislation

The Victorian Government has announced the introduction of legislation to establish a register of swimming pools with new mandatory inspections, according to a recent media release.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne introduced the Building Amendment (Registration of Trades and other matters) Bill 2018 — which the government says is the next step in better protecting children from the dangers of unprotected pools and spas. The reforms include a mandatory council-administered pool and spa register. This is being heralded as a first for Victoria and an attempt to improve information about the location and safety standards of pools.

“We’re doing more to protect children and families from the tragedy of backyard drownings,” Wynne said.

Preparations are already underway within the Victorian Building Authority to create a voluntary swimming pool register and online pool barrier compliance self-assessment tool in time for the 2018–19 summer period.

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