About SPCI

Swimming Pool Compliance inspections (SPCI) is a new company that specialises in helping home/property owners navigate the legislation that was changed by the Victorian state government on 1 December 2019 to ensure that all pool/ spa fences are inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

Our inspectors are registered with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and are here to provide peace of mind that your swimming pool or spa safety barrier is safe and compliant. 

We offer an online booking service, readily downloaded checklists with multiple inspectors able to assist you now.

Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show that in 2018/19, 19 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (63%) occurred in swimming pools. Our aim is to make sure these numbers only decline in time. 

Victoria has an estimated 80,000 swimming pools to be inspected each year. Don’t wait, call, email or book online or find us on Facebook

All swimming pools and spas

must have a compliant safety barrier (fence) to restrict access to the swimming pool or spa area by young children.

About Swimming Pool Compliance

What is a safety barrier (fence)?

The assembly of components, natural or otherwise, that restrict access to the pool or spa. The barrier includes items such as fences, posts and panels, gate units, gates and doorsets, constructed or natural walls retaining or otherwise, sides of buildings, and balustrades on a balcony, where they form part of the intended barrier.

What are the new safety barrier (fence) requirements?

All swimming pools and spas capable of containing water greater than 300mm (30cm) must have a compliant safety barrier (fence) to restrict access to the swimming pool or spa area by young children.

Safety Barriers (fences) are required for:

  • in-ground pools and spas; or
  • above-ground pools and spas, including relocatable and inflatable pools that are capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water and require assembly on site; or
  • indoor pools and spas; or
  • bathing and wading pools capable of containing more than 300mm (30cm) of water.


Safety Barriers (fences) aren’t required for:

  • inflatable swimming pools (typically toddler or wading pools) that cannot contain a water depth greater than 300mm (30cm); or
  • pools or spas that cannot contain a water depth of more than 300mm; or
  • spas inside a building (e.g. in a bathroom) used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use; or
  • baths used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use; or
  • bird baths, fountains, fish ponds; or
  • water supply/storage tanks; or
  • dams

If you aren’t sure if your swimming pool or spa needs a safety barrier please contact your local council’s building department for further information.

When do swimming pools and spas have to be registered?

Property owners must register their swimming pool or spa with the relevant council by 1 November 2020.

What happens after registration?

Once you register your swimming pool or spa with your council they will undertake an assessment and provide you with a written notice confirming among other things the construction/installation date of your swimming pool or spa and the applicable barrier standard.

When do swimming pools and spa barriers have to be inspected?

Inspection and certification timeframes will depend on the construction date council has nominated.

The following are the current deadlines:

Pool/spa construction dateCompliance certificate lodged by
On or before 30 June 19941 November 2021
From 1 June 1994 until 30 April 20101 November 2022
From 1 May 2010 until 31 May 20201 November 2023

You are required to lodge a certificate of barrier compliance every 4 years, contact us for an inspection now.

What is the cost of an inspection?

Spa barrier/ spa fence inspection $450 + GST

Swimming Pool barrier/ Pool fence inspection $450 + GST

Legislation

The Victorian Government states that on average, four young children die in Victoria in home swimming pools or spas each year with many more are taken to hospital for near-drownings.

In response to the number of drownings occurring in family swimming pools and spas the Victorian State Government implemented a number of legislative changes on 1 December 2019. The aim of these new legislation changes is to reduce the number of child drownings in homes across Victoria by ensuring pool and spa fences are maintained and regularly inspected and certified.

The new law changes have made it mandatory for property owners to register their pool and/or spa with their local council and have their safety barrier inspected once every four years.

Make sure you comply.