WHAT IS CONSIDERED A POOL?
Under the SPA 1992, any excavation, structure or vessel that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 30cm and that is solely or principally used for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity.
This definition includes spa pools but excludes spa baths and bath tubs and anything within a bathroom.
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A POOL OWNER?
Every pool owner must register their pool with their local Council. Failing to register your pool is an offence (Swimming Pool Amendment Act 2012) and is punishable with fines starting at $220.
I AM SELLING/LEASING OUT MY PROPERTY THAT HAS A POOL. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
From April 29, 2016 if you have a pool on your property that you're selling or leasing, then you'll need to include in the sale or lease contracts a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate. To obtain this, a Swimming Pool Certifier needs to inspect your pool fence and barrier to ascertain whether they comply with the regulations. Without this certificate you won't be able to sell or lease out your property. At Pool Protectors, our inspectors can assist in this process.
HOW LONG DOES EACH POOL COMPLIANCE INSPECTION TAKE?
Usually a pool safety inspection takes anywhere between 60 minutes - 90 minutes onsite, depending on the style of the swimming pool/spa enclosure and any safety issues to be addressed. The client will be provided with a detailed Swimming Pool Safety Compliance Report usually within 3-5 business days of the inspection. The client doesn't need to be present onsite, although it is preferable that an owner of the property is home to provide access and liaison with. A Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate can only be issued if the pool complies with regulations.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITHIN THE REPORT?
All our Swimming Pool Safety Inspection Reports comply with the Swimming Pools Act 1992, the appropriate Regulation and Australian Standard for the pool being inspected.
The report has detailed information on the pool fencing, the surrounding areas, adjoining buildings, including doors and windows accessing the pool enclosure, surrounding landscaping, structures and furniture. The report includes photographs of the pool and pool enclosure area and any areas of concern.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY POOL FAILS THE POOL COMPLIANCE INSPECTION?
If your pool fails the pool safety compliance inspection, we will supply you with a detailed list of the items that are non-compliant with the Regulations and Standards. You will be advised on what you need to do to rectify the non-compliances. These non-compliances must be completed within 6 weeks or a non-compliance notice will be forwarded to the local council
Once the non-compliances are rectified, we can re-inspect and issue a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate.
REASONS FOR FAILING A POOL COMPLIANCE INSPECTION
The 7 most common issues that result in a pool failing a safety inspection: Non compliant gate latches and/or hinges Distances between vertical components are greater than 100mm Distances below bottom railings are greater than 100mm Climbable objects abutting the pool enclosure (trees, air conditioning units) Fence height is below 1200mm Climbable fence rails on neighbouring fence line No current pool resuscitation sign secured in a visible location
CAN I SELF CERTIFY (for the online pool register)?
We don't recommend that owners self certify their own pools. The legislation is complex and difficult to understand without the proper training. If a child unfortunately drowns or has a near drowning experience as a result of an incorrect swimming pool compliance assessment, the pool owner maybe be held liable and could face manslaughter charges if the coroner finds the pool owner negligent.
At Pool Protectors, we work with the most up to date Regulations and Australian Standards. We are fully insured professionals who use our expertise and extensive knowledge to inspect pool barriers and determine whether the pool is compliant or needs some rectifications. If the pool complies the inspector will issue a certificate that is valid for 3 years.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Pool Protectors provides compliance safety advice and inspections of pool barriers across a broad spectrum of clients including residential, commercial, health and aged care, education, hotels and leisure facilities.
Our dedicated Swimming Pool Certifiers are qualified to satisfy your needs, and our team prides itself on giving quality advice and service to keep your pool safe.
Give us a call to discuss your pool safety compliance requirements. Whether you're an owner, buyer, concerned parent, a strata manager, property manager, lawyer, conveyancer or real estate agent, we are happy to assist you in ensuring your pool’s safety.