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Pool Spa Fence LawsMinister for Planning Richard Wynne says he is "Doing more to protect children and families from the tragedy of backyard drownings".

The Andrews Labor Government has today introduced new reforms in Victorian parliament to boost pool safety by establishing a register of swimming pools and new mandatory inspections to keep Victorians safe.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today introduced the Building Amendment (Registration of Trades and other matters) Bill 2018 – the next step in better protecting children from the dangers of unprotected pools and spas.

In a Victorian first, the reforms include a mandatory pool and spa register - administered by councils - to improve information about the location and safety standards of pools.

Preparations are already underway within the Victorian Building Authority to create a voluntary swimming pool register and online pool barrier compliance self-assessment tool in time for the 2018-19 summer period.

This new Bill will be debated in Parliament today and is hoped to be passed in coming weeks.

See the Government's Media Release on Boosting Pool Safety HERE