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Safety for relocatable pools and spas

If you are planning to set up a relocatable pool or spa at home, there are Victorian Government safety requirements you need to follow. 

Relocatable pools (e.g. inflatable pools, splash pools) and spas are a drowning hazard for young children. From 2002 to 2021, it was reported that 21 children aged 0-4 years drowned in portable pools in Australia.

To save lives from accidental drownings, the Victorian Government introduced safety standards for relocatable pools and spas in 2019.

When installing a relocatable pool or spa capable of holding a water depth of more than 30cm, you will need restrict access by installing a safety barrier for the entire duration the structure is erected.

The permanent or relocatable barrier needs to comply with Australian Standard 1926.1-2012, outlined in the Victorian Building Authority safety barrier self-assessment checklist.

If your relocatable pool or spa is erected for 3 or more days in a row, there are additional safety standards you need to follow. You will need to:

  1. Register your relocatable pool or spa with Council before or on the 4th day of the erected structure.
  2. Arrange an inspection with a Registered Building Inspector or Building Surveyor to certify that the barrier is compliant. If your barrier meets the safety standards, you will be issued with a Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance.
  3. Lodge your Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance with Council, within 30 days of registering

Remember to always ensure an adult is available to supervise children playing in water at all times.

Further information is available on our Swimming pools and spas webpage.

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