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ACT New Swimming Pool Regulations

logo_newsNEWS RELEASE 17 February 2014
New Swimming Pool Regulations  

ACT Government to consider tightening of Swimming pool Regulations

New regulations may be on the way, as the ACT government considers new measures, including regular pool and spa barrier inspections as well as a territory-wide register.
 
Proposed new regulations are part of a 2011 Discussion Paper from the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate that, according to the office of the Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, the government will consider early this year. Among the measures that the paper recommends are a register for all ACT pools and spas, and regular inspections.  
Recently, similar reforms, which include state-wide pool registers and regular barrier inspections have been implemented in NSW and Queensland.
 
There are approximately 8,000 households in the Australian Capital Territory with a swimming pool. The Royal Life Saving Society advise that there had been one reported drowning in the ACT this summer so far, and that occurred in a lake.
 
SPASA understands that the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate will continue to consult all stakeholders prior to the implementation of any new regulation.
 
SPASA’s Submission in response to the 2011 Discussion Paper can be viewed here.
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Spiros Dassakis - CEO
Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance (SPASA) 
1/33 Daking Street, NORTH PARRAMATTA NSW 2151, 
PO Box 245 Northmead NSW 2152                           
 
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