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Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice

With an estimated 70 million visits to Victorian public swimming pools each year, there are known risks to patrons, staff, contractors and volunteers. It is the responsibility and obligation of the Victorian Aquatic Industry to drive improvements across all aspects of facility operation to ensure that these risks are identified, analysed, evaluated and treated to an acceptable level to meet community expectation.

Following a Coronial inquest into a fatal drowning death at a Victorian public pool, Coroner Audrey Jamieson delivered the following recommendation;

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.”

This Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice (the Code) is a component of the joint Government and Industry response to these recommendations. It has been developed by Life Saving Victoria and provides practical guidance to those persons who have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (the OHS Act) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (the Regulations).

It has been developed to support public swimming pool owners and operators to provide the highest level of safety at their respective facilities. It is designed to work seamlessly with the Royal Life Saving Society – Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations document and contribute to the objectives set out through the Victorian Water Safety Strategy. This includes the key strategy ‘to further strengthen and sustain Victoria’s position as the leading State in water safety, program delivery and drowning prevention’.

Click the link below to view the Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice.

Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice

Click the link below to register your Pool

Code of Practice – Pool Registration Form

Click the link below to provide feedback on the Code of Practice.

Code of Practice – Feedback Form