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Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice

First launched at the LSV Pool Safety Summit in October 2018, the Code is a component of the joint Government and response to coronial recommendations, made by Coroner Audrey Jamieson, which stated that;

“With the aim of promoting public health and safety and preventing like deaths in public swimming pools, I recommended that Chris Eccles, Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, work with the appropriate area of Victorian Government to establish a central oversight and regulation body for public swimming pool operation in Victoria, to ensure safety standards are applied and upheld consistently across the industry.”

Supported by Emergency Management Victoria (EMV), Life Saving Victoria (LSV) is proud to launch the second iteration of the Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice. The principal objective of the Code has not changed, which is to provide practical guidance to those with responsibilities under the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations. It is intended to provide consistency regarding the application and review of industry standards, benchmarking and reporting.

The Code of Practice remains the centrepiece of the Victorian Safer Public Pools project, which is supported by the State Government.

The second iteration of the document includes a range of updates to ensure currency, although the document intent and purpose remains unchanged. Changes include:

  • Inclusion of key industry statistics to demonstrate industry scope, scale and value
  • Adjustments associated with updated legislation and regulations
  • Inclusion of new industry guidelines, such as the Department of Health and Human Services – Water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities
  • Updated training requirements to meet changes in legislation, the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations (GSPO), the Water quality guidelines and most recent training packages
  • Adjustments to references, appendices


Funding from the Victorian State Government covers:

  • A swimming pool classification system
  • Development of a register of public pools
  • Creation of the Code of Practice
  • Improved collaboration and communication
  • Structured reporting and evaluation processes