Aquatic Facility Registration or Notification

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 require Category 1 Aquatic Facilities to be registered with Council.

For more information, please see: DHHS Factsheet - Aquatic Facilities.

The following information outlines whether you will need to REGISTER or NOTIFY Council.

Category 1 Aquatic Facility - Register

All Category 1 Aquatic Facilities must REGISTER with Council.

Category 1 Aquatic Facility is defined under the regulations as any swimming pool, spa pool or interactive water feature that is either:

  • 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 where residential aged-care services are provided
  • Located at any of the following premises:
    • public hospital
    • multi-purpose service
    • denominational hospital
    • private hospital
    • privately-operated hospital within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Health Services Act 1988

Category 2 Aquatic Facility - Notify

Category 2 Aquatic Facilities should NOTIFY Council.

Category 2 Aquatic Facility is defined under the regulations as a swimming pool or spa pool that is used by members of the public and located at the premises of either a: 

  • Residential apartment complex
  • Hotel, motel or hostel


Registration and notification process

Step 1.Step 1: Register or notify

If you have copies of your water quality risk management plan or any other supporting documentation, please attach these to your application.

Aquatic Facilities – Category 1

Category 1 Aquatic Facilities are required to REGISTER with Council - an annual registration fee will comprise of $250 plus a $30 fee for each additional aquatic system within the facility.

Aquatic Facility - Register

Aquatic Facilities – Category 2

Category 2 Aquatic Facilities are only required to NOTIFY Council - no fees are applicable.

Aquatic Facility - Notify

Step 2.Step 2: Inspection of Aquatic Facility

Upon receiving your application or notification, one of our Authorised Officers will assess your documentation.

An inspection of a Category 1 aquatic facility will be conducted to ensure that compliance with the regulations has been achieved. Where it is necessary for verification, an onsite visit may be conducted at a Category 2 aquatics facility.

After the inspection, the Authorised Officer will provide a report as a summary of the inspection, containing any relevant advice or instruction that may be necessary.

Step 3.Step 3: Payment Invoice (Category 1 only)

Once the Authorised Officer has conducted a site visit, reviewed all submitted information and confirmed the category of the aquatic facility, an invoice will be sent to your nominated postal address for payment.

Step 4.Step 4: Certificate of Registration or notification confirmation

For Category 1 Aquatic Facilities, once payment of your invoice has been received, Council will issue you with a Certificate of Registration under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

For Category 2 Aquatic Facilities, confirmation of your notification will be issued to you after an Authorised Officer has completed their site inspection.