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laguna pools poty 2019The magnificent Melbourne Room of the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was alight on Saturday night as winners of the 2019 SPASA Victoria Awards of Excellence were announced. 

With over 440 industry stakeholders in attendance, the SPASA Victoria Awards of Excellence Gala night is the largest industry event of its kind in Australia and the most anticipated industry event on the Victorian calendar.

A total of 39 Awards of Excellence categories made up the SPASA Victoria Awards of Excellence program, including major awards - Product of the Year, Spa of the Year and Remco Pool of the Year.

The 2019 Remco Pool of the Year was awarded to Laguna Pools, the 2019 Spa of the Year Award was awarded to Out From The Blue and the 2019 Product of the Year went to Sunbather for their CoolPv product.

For the first time ever, SPASA Victoria also recognised ‘Industry Achievement’ milestones, acknowledging organisations that have demonstrated longevity within the Victorian pool and spa industry – Sunbather 45 years, Albatross Swimming Pool (Aust) 50 years and Neptune Swimming Pools 60 years.

Expertly emceed by Australian media personality and former Australian rules football player Sam Kekovich, guests were treated to mid-show entertainment by Marcus ‘Elvis’ Jackson and cover band ‘Unlimited’.

A total of 45 Gold and Highly Commended awards were presented to well deserving SPASA Victoria members.

CEO of SPASA Victoria, Chris Samartzis said, "This year's high number of award entrants again demonstrates excellence across the board and proves that SPASA Victoria members are true leaders within the national industry. Our high award entry numbers show healthy competition amongst our most passionate and talented members.”

“The Victorian pool and spa association represents a very mature industry which has evolved over the past 60 years to become truly world class. The innovation and sheer ‘wow factor’ present in Victorian backyards exceeds much of what is celebrated in Europe and America. There’s never been a better time to invest in a pool or spa,” Mr Samartzis said.

With images of the best pools and spas in Victoria on prominent display around the prestigious Melbourne Room, guests were treated to superb food and entertainment which led to a night enjoyed by all.

A full list of award winners can be viewed HERE

SPASA Victoria Media Release - SPASA Victoria Awards of Excellence 2019 Winners Announced

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SPASA Victoria - Pool Spa Fence LawsSPASA Victoria is extremely proud to be announced as a finalist for the Association Achievement of the Year Award!

The Association Achievement of the Year Award is presented to an association that has made an outstanding achievement in a particular project, area of operations, governance, activity or initiative.

“SPASA Victoria is thrilled to be nominated for this important award. For over a decade, SPASA Victoria advocated for mandatory pool and spa barrier inspections in Victoria and we are elated that the decision to implement a mandatory barrier inspection program in Victoria has been made by the Andrews Government,” says SPASA Victoria CEO, Chris Samartzis.

The award is judged by Associations Forum, a body committed to assisting associations and charities in governance, operations, membership and finances.

SPASA Victoria entered this award with a submission on their Pool and Spa Safety campaign, which resulted in legislation change that mandated pool and spa barrier inspections in Victoria.

The Association Awards will be presented at Association Forum’s National Conference Dinner on Monday 15 July 2019.

Read SPASA Victoria's Media Release - 'SPASA Victoria Proud Finalists for Association Achievement of the Year Award - 4 July 2019' HERE


For further information please contact:

Kathryn Barres – Marketing Communications Co-ordinator
Telephone: 03 8526 7799 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Media Comment: Chris Samartzis, CEO SPASA Victoria –

women s forumWith an all-female panel of experts, this forum will be a candid discussion on the challenges faced by women in industry, climbing the corporate ladder, marketing your business successfully and finding that perfect work-life balance. Ask questions and get advice. Don't miss it!
SPASA Victoria's Women In Industry Panel Event details:
Thursday 30 May 2019
11am - 2pm
Novotel Glen Waverley
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With Special Guest Panellists:

Katrina McCarter - Founder and CEO of Australian company 'Marketing to Mums', Katrina is a marketing strategist who specialises in understanding mothers as a powerful market sector through experience and research.
Katherine Grace - Passionate about effective, low-cost marketing for small and medium businesses Katherine is a speaker and webinar presenter for organisations including the HIA and the AIPP, and an award winning Business Coach (Asia-Pacific and Global awards for Best Client Results).
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Kirsten has substantial business skills and experience both within Australia and internationally and is an experienced non-executive director.


Pat Panetta - On the air since his community radio days as a 17 year old, Pat's sense of fun and warm style has always appealed to audiences.  With an honest approach and a creative mind, Pat is sure to entertain as the MC of this inaugural SPASA Victoria event.
Please join us for our 'Women in Industry' panel event 11am - 2pm at Novotel Glen Waverley on Thursday 30 May 2019. 
Champagne on arrival.
Finger food lunch provided.
This event is FREE to SPASA Victoria Members
Non-Members $45
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Large Horizontal article Mar 2019Backyard swimming pools have gone from scorned to superb features in the eyes of Geelong homebuyers.

The backyard pool was the most successful keyword used by Victorian house hunters, with nearly 3 million finding properties using the terms 'pool' and 'swimming pool' on in 2018. But it’s no surprise to Barry Plant agent Kieron Hunter who said the backyard pool is in vogue, especially around Highton.

Yet it wasn’t always that way, with Geelong buyers once looking at them as all maintenance and hassle, Mr Hunter said. Buyers 20 years ago were even provided the estimated cost of filling them in, he said.

“Pools are so in vogue right now — everybody wants a pool,” he said. “The technology has changed now in how they actually run, how they’re filtered, how the computer systems work. They pretty much manage themselves, some are even self-cleaning, and you don’t have to be handling chemicals.”

More than 300 properties with swimming pools were traded in the past 12 months, data from CoreLogic found. Mr Hunter said a pool was a must-have for a property at the top end of the Highton market.

“They are definitely a requirement when you start getting into about the $900,000 range. “They want a pool, or room to put a pool,” he said.

Mr Hunter said entertaining is top priority in high-end markets and how much the outdoor deck is kitted out will dictate the level of interest a property attracts. He said crowds would be almost double to see a similar build house where the deck has screens and a pizza oven, compared to one with a bit of a deck.

Ray White, Lara agent Terry Cleary said while people always seek internal features like ensuites and airconditioning, the pool, entertainment area and a shed remained the most sought after.

“For families and grandparents, garages and pools remain very high on the checklists,” he said. “When it comes to outside, entertainment areas with pools, outdoor areas and sheds remain very high.

The list of most successful keyword search terms shows buyers value entertaining, views and the water more than ensuring a house has a study, built-in robes or solar panels.

Read this article in full HERE

Pool Spa Fence LawsThe Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria is today elated at the State Government’s decision to implement a mandatory barrier inspection program in Victoria.

This decision comes after a long-running campaign by SPASA Victoria - and other leading industry stakeholders - who have stridently promoted the importance of a mandatory barrier inspection program in Victoria for many years.

It was only one year ago that SPASA Victoria - along with many other industry stakeholders – were surprised at the Government’s announcement of proposed new legislation which would have forced thousands of pool and spa owners to endure the inconvenience and expense of re-fencing their pool and/or spa areas for no guaranteed improved safety outcome.

“It is with great delight that the decision to implement a mandatory barrier inspection program in Victoria has been made by the Government. To their credit, the Andrews Government saw the logic and reason behind our advocacy. With the support of the opposition, the community and other leading industry stakeholders, this critical piece of legislation has now been officially passed in Parliament. Our advocacy and reasoning has been heard and acted upon. Thank you Minister Richard Wynne,” says SPASA Victoria CEO, Chris Samartzis.

After years of heavy media promotion along with highly strategic advocacy, the hard work and passion of those within the pool and spa industry has delivered a great result for Victoria.

SPASA Victoria Media Release - SPASA Victoria Claims Victory on Backyard Pool & Spa Safety


For further information please contact:

Kathryn Barres – Marketing Communications Co-ordinator

Telephone: 03 8526 7799 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Media Comment: Chris Samartzis, CEO SPASA Victoria – 0418 443 758

Campaign Launch 2018Former Olympian Matt Welsh OAM has once again joined Kidsafe Victoria to help save lives over Summer at the launch of their ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ Campaign.

The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA Victoria) is delighted to continue to collaborate with Kidsafe on this important campaign.

Kidsafe’s national ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign calls on all pool and spa owners to check the safety and compliance of their pool or spa barrier when they change their clocks at the beginning of daylight saving time on Sunday October 7th 2018.

SPASA Victoria is excited to collaborate in this campaign launch today, as an important follow-on to many years of advocacy work done on pool and spa safety in Victoria. Visit SPASA Victoria’s pool and spa safety advocacy page here

SPASA Victoria is strongly of the view that inspections of pool and spa barriers should be mandatory in Victoria. CEO Chris Samartzis says, “Pool and spa barrier inspections are currently mandatory in only three states - NSW, QLD and WA. Since the introduction of mandatory inspections in WA in 1992, there has been an 80% reduction in the rate of toddler drownings.”

While safety barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of barriers that are faulty, or non-compliant with Australian standards.

"Pool and spa barriers are exposed to the extremes of weather all year round which can lead to rust, loose or missing bolts or screws and wear and tear over time. It's critical that pool and spa owners regularly check and maintain their barriers to ensure they are safe and fully compliant," Samartzis says.

“Common faults or non-compliance issues include gates and doors that are no longer self-closing or latching, gates that are propped open and climbable objects near the barrier,” added Kidsafe Ambassador Mr Welsh. “There is no better use of 15 minutes of your time than checking the safety of your pool barrier in preparation for the warm summer months ahead. By doing so, you could save a life.”

This October 7th, take 15 minutes to check the safety of your pool barrier – because Safe Barriers Save Lives.

For further information on this campaign please visit

To find out more about pool and spa barrier regulations visit

This campaign is proudly supported by SPASA Victoria, Play it Safe by the Water, Safetech Hardware, Protector Aluminium and The Victorian Pool Check & Compliance Agency

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Campaign information

  • Kidsafe’s sixth annual ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign was launched on Tuesday 18th September by Olympic swimmer Matt Welsh
  • The campaign calls on all pool and spa owners to check the safety of their pool and spa barriers at the beginning of daylight saving on Sunday 7th October 2018
  • AFL great Rodney Eade features in the campaign video, providing a ¾ time pep talk to his team to remind them that when it comes to pool safety ‘the best offence is a good defence’.
  • Together with a compliant pool barrier that is regularly checked and maintained, your home pool defence should also include active adult supervision of children in and around water, water awareness and first aid knowledge to keep your family safe this season

Key messages:

  • Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under 5 in Australia, with backyard pools being the most common location for drowning incidents to occur
  • 20 seconds is all it takes for a toddler to drown
  • Simply having a pool or spa barrier in place isn’t enough on its own to keep children safe. A large number of swimming pool drowning incidents are a result of faulty or non-compliant pool and spa barriers
  • Regular maintenance is necessary. It takes approximately 15 minutes to check your barrier thoroughly using Life Saving Victoria’s Home Pool Safety Assessment
  • Active adult supervision is the key to keeping children safe around water
  • Need help? Visit to use the free Home Pool Safety Assessment

Common issues with pool fences include:

  • Gates and doors that don’t self-latch or self-close
  • Climbable objects near the barrier eg pot plants, chairs, pool pumps near the pool or spa barrier that could allow a child to climb over
  • Excess space under the fence
  • Misuse (eg propping the pool gate open)


  • All you need to complete the audit is your phone/tablet, or a print out of the online pool barrier questions and a tape measure


For further information please contact:

Kathryn Barres – Marketing Communications Co-ordinator

Telephone: 03 8526 7799 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Media Comment: Chris Samartzis, CEO SPASA Victoria – 0418 443 758



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