As we first advised you in A POST ABOUT A YEAR AGO, the State government introduced new regulations in 2019 to make swimming pools and spas safer and to help prevent young children from drowning. Part of these new regulations required owners to register their swimming pools and spas with their local council, with the extended deadline to do this being November 1st this year.
If you haven’t already done this, I would urge you to attend to do so as soon as possible. It’s a relatively short process that you can do online, and failure to register may attract a council fine of up to $330.
It is important to keep in mind that drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for young children and, in Victoria, most fatal drownings of young children occur in backyard swimming pools. Since the year 2000, 27 children have drowned in private swimming pools and spas in Victoria, and the Victorian Coroner found that non-compliant safety barriers were likely to have played a role in at least 20 of these deaths.
Once you have registered your pool or spa, you will be contacted by the council with information on how to organise an inspection of your safety barrier by a registered practitioner, and how to lodge a compliance certificate. The legislation requires owners to have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify the continuing compliance of their safety barrier every four years.
Unfortunately, your Barry Plant Property Manager cannot register pools or spas in a rental property as the property owner is required to complete the information. You can, however, contact the local council where your rental property is situated for further information if you need it.
Of course, if you have any questions regarding your rental property or the overall rental market at the moment, don’t hesitate to give the Barry Plant Brimbank Rentals team a call on 9307 4000.
Sam La Spina