Register a new aquatic facility

If your business or service premises contains a pool, spa or interactive water feature you need to register it will us.

Register an aquatic facility

In December 2019, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019(PDF, 713KB) replaced the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

This means all Category 1 aquatic facilities must now be registered with Council.

What is a Category 1 aquatic facility?

A Category 1 aquatic facility means a 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
  • used in association with a class or program that is offered free of charge or on payment of a fee
  • located at the premises of an early childhood service, school or other educational institution
  • located at premises at which residential aged care services are provided. 
  • located at a public hospital
  • located at a multi-purpose service
  • located at a denominational hospital
  • located at a private hospital
  • located at a privately-operated hospital within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Health Services Act 1988

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • water quality standards
  • record-keeping
  • response procedures for non-compliant water quality
  • requirements for aquatic facilities suspected or implicated as a source of infection

The regulations now include new types of aquatic facilities that may pose a risk to public health. They include a risk-based classification of aquatic facilities as either Category 1 or Category 2.

Category 1 and 2 aquatic facility operators are required to comply with the regulations, including managing health risks associated with water quality.

The Water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities - managing public health risks will be updated to support the regulations and provide operational guidance for maintaining water quality.

Category 2 aquatic facilities

A Category 2 aquatic facility means a swimming pool or spa pool that is used by members of the public and is located at the following premises:

  • a residential apartment complex
  • a hotel, motel or hostel.

Please contact one of the team at Council if you have any questions.