All swimming pools and spas on residential properties in Victoria with a depth greater than 30cm (300mm) are required to be surrounded by a safety barrier (e.g. a pool fence). There are currently 3 sets of requirements for pool/spa barriers in Victoria - these are based on when your pool or spa was constructed:
Before 8th April 1991
Between 8th April 1991 - 30th April 2010, and;
After 30th April 2010
Below are some important points to help explain the current requirements for pool barriers. Please note that the information below is not exhaustive and is a guide only.
If a Victorian residential pool or spa has a depth of 30cm or more (300mm), it is required to be surrounded by safety barrier. This includes inflatable pools.
All pools and spas built after 2010 require a four sided barrier (isolation fence), with no direct access from the house or any other building to the pool or spa.
Safety barriers must be a minimum of 1.2 metres high.
Barrier gates must be self-closing and self-latching.
It is illegal to leave a pool or spa gate propped open.
Climbable objects such as pot plants, eskies, pool pumps and chairs must be moved away from the barrier.
If your pool was built prior to 30th April 2010 you were able to use your house doors both sliding and swing and your garden gates as the barriers to the pool. AAA Door closers have developed our own sliding automatic Door closer to meet those standards. Please see our video in this section and contact us if you have any questions