Call for community views on regulation of water safety in public pools


A discussion paper has been released seeking community input on the regulation of water safety at privately-owned public pools, such as those within apartments and hotels in the ACT.

All public pools (whether Territory-owned or not) are regulated in relation to health risks, water quality and safety. Public pools (such as the Civic Pool and Gungahlin Pool) are also covered by the Public Pools Act 2015 which provides minimum standards and guidelines for the management, operation and maintenance of pool facilities.

The discussion paper focuses on whether the Government should expand these guidelines to include regulations that relate to water safety principles (such as staff qualifications and supervision ratios) at privately-owned public pools, which are currently self-regulated.

The community can have their say right through until the end of summer – the closing date for comments is 26 February 2016.

The Discussion Paper is available on the ACT Government’s Time to Talk website