In Victoria, swimming pools and spas with a water depth of more than 300mm (30cm) must have safety barriers to restrict access of young children to the pool or spa area.
Property owners and occupants are responsible for making sure pool barriers are maintained, repaired and in working order.
Is a lockable lid a safety barrier?
No, a lockable lid is not a safety barrier and does not meet legal requirements.
What are the requirements of a pool safety barrier?
The pool or spa area must be a separate enclosure on the property. No access is allowed directly from the dwelling or from any other outbuilding on the allotment. A safety barrier must be permanent and automatic.
Gates must swing away from the pool, be self-closing, self-latching and have latches at specific heights. Specific barrier heights and other dimensions apply, including non-climbable zones around, and within, the pool or spa enclosure.
Safety barriers are required for :
In-ground pools and spas
Above-ground pools and spa pools including inflatable pools holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water
Indoor pools and spas
Bathing and wading pools containing more than 300mm (30cm) of water