Do you think that pool and safety laws in Victoria need to be improved?
If you do, then you’re not the only one. The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has recently made the call to the state government to improve the laws surrounding pools and spas, to help ensure safety and to help make the laws easier for homeowners to follow.
At the moment there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding Victoria’s pool and safety laws (there are 3 sets of rules depending on when the pool was built) and it is hard to track down pools that don’t comply with safety standards.
The MAV has suggested that Victoria put pool guidelines in place that are similar to that of Queensland’s.
In Queensland, pool safety certificates are required before offering a property for sale or for lease, and inspections must be carried out by a licensed pool safety inspector. Property owners are also required to register their pool or spa or risk fines, and pool safety standards have been streamlined to make them easier to follow.
It is hoped that Victoria will bring in similar rules so that the safety of pools and spas can be ensured and so that buyers and renters know whether or not a pool or spa is safe for use. At the moment it can be a case of buyer beware as there is no obligation for people to disclose whether a pool or spa meets safety standards.
Pool and spa safety is an extremely important issue, especially since drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children under five in Victoria, so there is little doubt that something will need to be done.