Register your pool

By David Rak

From December 1, local councils will register all backyard pools and spas in their area, with property owners being required to submit a current certificate of compliance for their pool or spa safety barrier.

Local councils will take charge of this mandatory registration scheme, with all pool owners required to contact their council by April 14, 2020 and pay the $37 registration fee.

Inspection certificates for all pools built before 1994 must be lodged by October, 30 2020. For pools built between 1994 and 2010, owners will have until April 30, 2021, with all pools built after 2010 requiring to be certified by October 29, 2021.

Councils will charge pool and spa owners a maximum of $20 to lodge their inspection compliance certificates, a process they will be required to undertake once every three years. Households will have 20 days to bring their pools into compliance if an inspector identifies any safety concerns.

The Victorian Government introduced the new scheme after numerous coronial investigations found non-maintained and non-compliant pool barriers contributed to the deaths of children in backyard pools.