Public aquatic facilities include swimming pools, spa pools and interactive water features.
Public aquatic facilities are important for maintaining and promoting active lifestyles and providing health benefits.
However, if aquatic facilities are not properly managed, the health of bathers may be put at risk. Bathers can be affected by disease-causing microorganisms (pathogens) that are passed on through contaminated pool water, contaminated surfaces or person-to-person contact.
This is particularly relevant for vulnerable groups in our community such as young children, the elderly and people with low immunity.
About the regulations
Public aquatic facilities are regulated under the . The regulations outline registration requirements, general duties of aquatic facility operators, the minimum water quality requirements for aquatic facilities, response procedures for non-compliant water quality, requirements for aquatic facilities suspected or implicated as a source of infection and record-keeping.
Public aquatic facilities key compliance requirements
Information to assist aquatic facility operators to understand their compliance obligations.
Water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities
These guidelines will assist organisations and aquatic facility operators to manage water quality. These guidelines also provide advice to local and state government environmental health officers to help fulfil their regulatory and advisory roles.
Developing a water quality risk management plan for public aquatic facilities
Resources to assist the development of a water quality risk management plan for an aquatic facility.
Aquatic facility incident response procedures
Aquatic facility operators should develop, document and implement formal policies and procedures.
Reviewed 29 October 2021