No swimming sign near damThe need to manage risks in aquatic environments is becoming increasingly demanding for land and facility owners. Local government has some responsibility in ensuring safe aquatic venues particularly where facilities are provided for the purpose of recreation.

Ensuring these venues comply with an increasingly complex regulatory framework and best practice may require specialist knowledge that is not available internally or is provided by an independent external governing body.

The formulation and implementation of risk management and occupational health and safety is essential to maintaining an efficient and safe aquatic environment.

With the implementation of the Guidelines for Water Safety, it is recognised that some existing aquatic facilities and water spaces may not meet the best practice recommendations. However, it is recommended that when these existing facilities are redeveloped, renovated, or undergo major maintenance works, the new design and works should adhere to these guidelines for facility design.

To assist with the interpretation and implementation of the Guidelines for Water Safety, Royal Life Saving offers risk assessment services within the areas of the Guidelines for Water Safety to:

  • Identify risks and safety concerns with each water environment
  • Assess compliance against the relevant Guidelines for Water Safety
  • Provide recommendations to improve the safety and compliance of the water venue or space

Check out the suite of Guidelines for Water Safety: