On 14 December 2019, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 (the Regulations) replaced the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009. The requirement to register Category 1 Aquatic Facilities will start on the 14 December 2020.
More information: DHHS Factsheet - Aquatic Facilities.
The following information outlines whether you will need to REGISTER or NOTIFY Council.
Category 1 Aquatic Facility
From 14 December 2020, all Category 1 Aquatic Facilities must REGISTER with Council.
A Category 1 Aquatic Facility is defined under the Regulations as any swimming pool, spa pool or interactive water feature that is:
- Used by members of the public, whether free of charge or on payment of a fee; or
- Used in association with a class or program that is offered free of charge or on payment of a fee, or
- Located at the premises of an early childhood service, school or other educational institution, or
- Located at premises at which residential aged care services are provided, or
- Located at any of the following premises:
- public hospital
- multi-purpose service
- denominational hospital
- private hospital
- privately-operated hospital within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Health Services Act 1988
Category 2 Aquatic Facility
Category 2 Aquatic Facilities should NOTIFY Council.
A Category 2 Aquatic Facility is defined under the Regulations as a swimming pool or spa pool that is used by members of the public and located at the premises of the following:
- residential apartment complex, or
- hotel, motel or hostel
Registration and notification process
STEP 1: Register or notify about your aquatic facility
STEP 2: Inspection of the aquatic facility
STEP 3: Receive payment invoice from Council (Category 1 only)
STEP 4: Certificate of Registration or notification confirmation issued
Step 1: Register or notify
If you have copies of your water quality risk management plan or any other supporting documentation, please attach these to your application.
Aquatic Facilities – Category 1
Category 1 Aquatic Facilities are required to REGISTER with Council - an annual registration fee will comprise of $250.00 plus a $30.00 fee for each additional aquatic system within the facility.
Aquatic Facility - Register
Aquatic Facilities – Category 2
Category 2 Aquatic Facilities are only required to NOTIFY Council - no fees are applicable.
Aquatic Facility - Notify
Step 2: Inspection of Aquatic Facility
Upon receiving your application or notification, one of our Authorised Officers will assess your documentation.
An inspection of a Category 1 aquatic facility will be conducted to ensure that compliance with the Regulations has been achieved.
Where it is necessary for verification, an onsite visit may be conducted at a Category 2 aquatics facility.
Following the inspection, the Authorised Officer will provide a report as a summary of the inspection, containing any relevant advice or instruction that may be necessary.
Step 3: Payment Invoice (Category 1 only)
Once the Authorised Officer has conducted a site visit, reviewed all submitted information and confirmed the category of the aquatic facility, an invoice will be sent to your nominated postal address for payment.
Step 4: Certificate of Registration or notification confirmation
Once payment of your invoice has been received (Category 1 Aquatic Facilities only), Council will issue you with a Certificate of Registration under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
For Category 2 Aquatic Facilities, confirmation of your notification will be issued to you after an Authorised Officer has completed their site inspection.
Please contact Council on 9518 3555 or email email@example.com if you have any questions regarding Aquatic Facilities registration or notification requirements.