Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice Released

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp officially launched the Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice at the seventh annual pool safety summit, held in October at Life Saving Victoria. The Code is a component of the joint Government and Industry 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.” 

The aim of the Code 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, bench-marking and reporting. 

It has been developed as a framework to work seamlessly with existing requirements, standards and best practice recommendations. It’s our hope that it will strengthen the industry and positively contribute towards aquatic industry water safety initiatives.  

The Code of Practice is the centre-piece of the Safer Public Pools project, which is supported by the State Government. 

Funding from the 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 

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

Click here to register your Pool. 

Click here to provide feedback on the Code of Practice. 


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