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SPASAVIC CEO, Chris Samartzis, has been briefed by Victorian Government officials - along with a range of other industry bodies including unions and associations - and can now officially confirm that building sites are required to close for the duration of this lockdown. 

With construction being much more constrained than previous lockdowns, it is important to note that construction work is not considered ‘essential’ and building sites must be closed for the duration of the lockdown.

Please ensure that:

  • Building sites are to be made safe and once this is attended to, you should leave the premises
  • You have spoken to your employees, subcontractors and customers about the current lockdown
  • You have checked that your site signage is clearly visible and correct

 Pool and spa service click and deliver is allowed, and a general common sense approach should be followed. 

Industry associations are considered 'essential' to deliver required services to members during the lockdown.

Please note that Work Permits are not required.

The meeting with government attracted many industry groups and there was a clear message of a short, sharp response to the pandemic.

Circuit Breaker Action Table of Restrictions HERE

Circuit Breaker Action - Business and Industry FAQs HERE

The following information provides further guidance for the Retail, Supply and Manufacturing sectors operations during this 5 day lockdown:

Retail facilities, including trade suppliers, are allowed to open for limited purposes.  This includes supply for trades carrying out permitted work and also for 'click and collect' and delivery.

Manufacturing is generally required to be closed during the lockdown, however the essential providers and workers list from government has made provision for some manufacturing and exporting activities that support construction to continue operating with conditions. A manufacturing facility that is not able to be shut down without causing damage or loss to plant and equipment can remain open, but only to preform operations that are necessary in order to prevent the damage or loss.

This includes:

  • Commercial operations that supply goods or services necessary
  • The implementation of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 or to support any business activity that may be carried out in accordance with these directions
  • The export of goods and services from Victoria

We have established that:

  • Manufacturing exports from Victoria - either interstate or overseas - that are needed to fill national supply chains will be exempt and must be done in a Covid-Safe way
  • No permits are needed at this stage and the intention is to limit movement of employees wherever possible.
  • Employers are encouraged to make a judgement as to what is critical to continue to operate the manufacturing process
  • If it is not essential that employees are on site, then staying at home is encouraged

The government is supporting exports that are essential to national supply chains.

Please find more useful information for employers HERE

Circuit Breaker Action Table of Restrictions HERE

Statement from the Victorian Premier HERE

Front cover thumb 350Welcome to the second edition of AQUA Magazine - a full colour, digital representation of everything our wonderful industry has to offer nation-wide!

AQUA is made specifically for our industry, by our industry.

In our second edition, we proudly showcase:

  • SPASAVIC's 2020 Awards of Excellence
  • Bipin Gangadharan of Pentair
  • Jenny Anderson of Endless Pools & Spas
  • Nick Markogiannakis of Nemcon Pools
  • Brett Fitzmaurice of PoolSafe Inspections Victoria
  • MIBT Swimming Pool and Spa Barrier Inspection training
  • SPASAVIC's Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living 2021
  • Introducing Cooke Industries' New Water Witch Smart Sense
  • Calendar of Industry Events

Contribute to YOUR magazine and help us showcase anything that is new, different, unique, innovative and informative about our great industry.

Read the Summer 2020 Edition of AQUA Digital Trade Magazine HERE

If you have something to share or would like to advertise in AQUA, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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AQUA November 2020 2020 Awards story Endless Story Pentair story Poolsafe Story Nemcon story Cookes Water Witch story MIBT training story

spasavic trybooking banner 600In a year that some may otherwise care to forget, the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria (SPASAVIC) pivoted to put on an unprecedented world-class virtual industry event that tantalised the senses and showcased the very best of what the swimming pool and spa industry has on offer.

SPASAVIC’s annual Awards of Excellence Gala is traditionally the largest industry event of its kind in Australia and the most anticipated industry event on the Victorian calendar. This year, the dazzling array of spectacular swimming pools and spas was projected into living rooms, brilliantly brought to life by virtual event studio ‘Scene Change’, accompanied by Sam Kekovich as Master of ceremonies. Professional caterers Tommy Collins were delighted to provide viewers with delectable ‘at home’ dining experiences delivered to the door. These gastronomic delights allowed a true feast for the senses. With hundreds of members of the pool and spa industry riveted to their screens, SPASAVIC members again proved that they are among the very best in the world in terms of standard and innovation in their work.

This virtual festival of pools and spas once again demonstrated to the world the undeniable skill and capability of SPASAVIC members to create, innovate and deliver on the great Australian dream of backyard pool and spa ownership.

CEO of SPASAVIC, Chris Samartzis says, "Our world class Master pool and spa builders have once again taken the humble backyard swimming pool and spa to a new level. Not only is the dream of owning your own backyard oasis more affordable than ever, but these artistic creations from our members embrace a level of bespoke mastery construction that adds enormous value to homes and lifestyle living. Now - more than ever - the vibe of 'stay-cation' will ensure that our members are highly sought after. No other group of pool and spa builders can deliver an artisan project like a SPASAVIC member.”

With a total of 39 different award categories and 77 Gold and Highly Commended wins awarded, as well as the three major prestigious and highly-coveted awards Product of the Year, Spa of the Year and Remco Pool of the Year – a fantastic event was enjoyed by all.

The 2020 Remco Pool of the Year was awarded to Out from the Blue, the 2020 Spa of the Year was awarded to Neptune Swimming Pools and the 2020 Product of the Year was awarded to Maleco Pool & Spa Cover.

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SPASAVIC's 2020 Remco Pool of the Year was awarded to Out from the Blue:

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SPASAVIC's 2020 Spa of the Year was awarded to Neptune Swimming Pools:

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SPASAVIC's 2020 Product of the Year was awarded to Maleco Pool & Spa Cover:

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A full list of SPASAVIC's 2020 Awards of Excellence winners can be viewed HERE

SPASAVIC Media Release - 2020 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced - 30 October 2020

 

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 SPASAVIC – 0418 443 758

State Govnt Victoria logoPlease read the below information to help clarify the current government restrictions around pool service and maintenance activity in metropolitan Melbourne.

Sector Guidance for Construction Businesses Within Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria

Can pool maintenance businesses operate under the Second Step?
Pool maintenance for private homes is only able to occur for essential or urgent repairs. The worker requires a Permitted Worker Permit.

What constitutes an emergency or safety reason for repairs?
Emergency repairs are urgent repairs and maintenance which must be undertaken to ensure safe and secure use and occupancy of properties and work premises, fulfil make good obligations, prevent individuals (including workers) from injury, to prevent property damage or damage to goods, or for urgent repair to an essential service (for example for example fixing a roof or restoring an electricity connection). If you need to have a tradesperson over, maintain your distance, wear a face covering and minimise physical contact through contactless payment or another non-cash method.

As advised to SPASAVIC by email from the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions on 1 October 2020:

"In the recently published Reopening Roadmap, pool cleaning and maintenance has been classified as 'Repairs, maintenance and cleaning' and is only permitted to operate for emergency and safety reasons, including essential maintenance, in Metropolitan Melbourne's Second Step of reopening. Essential maintenance refers to work that if not performed, would lead to the emergence of substantial safety hazards or risk to the community; this applies to both public and private areas."

The Department of Health and Human Services - Homes and property: Metropolitan Melbourne Second Step:

Can maintenance occur under current restrictions?
Yes. Maintenance and repair activities for inhabited properties can be completed but only if it is urgent and essential. People coming into your home must wear a face mask. You should always keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and the tradesperson.

Landscaping and gardening services that can be conducted entirely outside safely, contact-free and by one person operating alone at all times, such as basic landscaping, lawn mowing, tree lopping and gutter cleaning are permitted, subject to restrictions.

Work at uninhabited properties must be undertaken in accordance with the construction sector guidance. Workers should abide by their employers’ COVIDSafe plans when performing emergency repair work.

What is considered an emergency repair for a tradesperson to enter my home?

Emergency repairs or urgent and essential repairs are those which must be undertaken to keep members of the household safe, to prevent members of the household from injury, to prevent property damage or damage to goods, or for urgent repair to an essential service (for example a water connection or internet service).

If you need to have a tradesperson enter your home, maintain your distance, wear a face mask and minimise physical contact by paying with a direct bank transfer or contactless payment.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:

  • Refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk direction
  • Refusing or failing to comply with the Public Health Directions to provide information

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $4,957 for people who live in metropolitan Melbourne who are found to be in regional Victoria without a lawful reason. This fine will also be issued if you gather outdoors in groups larger than five people, you have visitors to your home without a lawful reason, or you visit someone in their home without a lawful reason.

Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system. Individuals who do not wear a face mask and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.

business victoria logoBusiness Victoria have updated their Industry Restart Guidelines - Small-scale Construction FAQs which includes updated information on:

  • Landscaping/gardening information - Page 7
  • Pool Maintenance - Page 10
  • Defined emergencies or safety reasons - Page 13
  • Information on Solar - Page 12

Specific guidance on Pool Maintenance is provided under 'Permitted Activities' on Page 10:

Can pool maintenance businesses operate under the Second Step?
Pool maintenance for private homes is only able to occur for essential or urgent repairs. The worker requires a Permitted Worker Permit.

Industry Restart Guidelines Small-scale Construction FAQs

Working Safely Outdoors 2 FB CoolabahSPASAVIC and LVML have again urged the Victorian Government to review the easing of restrictions to allow outdoor work with zero contact under COVID-Safe protocols as a matter of urgency for:

  • Pool Service Technicians who must be allowed on an occupied property to maintain the health and safety of pool water
  • Pool Builders who form a sub-sector of the Construction industry, to carry out their duties in a completely contact-free manner and must be allowed to re-start incomplete projects
  • Landscape Builders, who under the technical wording of the latest announcement can work on their own, however two people are required on site to comply with OH&S regulations, effectively negating this

These rulings are totally inconsistent and unfair on everyone working in the pool and landscaping industry who take their COVID-Safe work environment seriously.

Read SPASAVIC & LVML Second Advocacy Letter to Government HERE

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