Mandatory Standard for Portable Swimming Pools - Supplier Guide
Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), mandatory consumer product safety standards are introduced when considered reasonably necessary to prevent or reduce the risk of injury to a person. This guide provides a summary of the requirements for the supply of portable swimming pools, also known as inflatable pools.
Ban on smoking at public swimming pool complexes
Under section 5RC(1) of the Tobacco Act 1987, smoking is banned within the outdoor areas of all public swimming pool complexes in Victoria from 1 April 2014. The ban applies to outdoor dining and drinking areas that are situated within the perimeter of a public swimming pool complex.
This ban is part of a range of measures the Victorian Government has introduced to reduce the exposure of children and young people to secondhand tobacco smoke and smoking behaviours. Bans also apply within 10 metres of outdoor children’s playground equipment, skate parks and at sporting venues during an underage sporting event.
Heat Health Alert System 2013-2014
The department’s Heat Health Alert System has been developed to notify councils, departmental program areas, hospitals, and health and community service providers of forecast heatwave conditions which are likely to impact on human health.
The heat health alert is intended to notify recipients that mean temperatures are predicted to reach and exceed heat health thresholds. The alert is not intended to dictate when service providers take action; heat health alert contacts are advised to monitor local conditions and take action in accordance with their own heatwave plans, service continuity plans and occupational health and safety (OH&S) plans.
The Heat Health Alert System has been reviewed and will operate from December 2013 to the end of February 2014.
A growing number of Victorian Councils are interested in using cogeneration to reduce carbon emissions, energy costs and exposure to rising fuel prices. The most common application of cogeneration for Councils is in new or existing leisure and aquatic centres, which consume large amounts of energy.
The Cities of Boroondara, Monash, Yarra and Darebin commissioned a toolkit to assist Councils to complete the feasibility phase of cogeneration projects for leisure and aquatic centres. The project was delivered with funding from the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord. The toolkit contains plain language templates and guidance notes and can be downloaded in its entirety or as individual sections.
This leaflet is designed to provide general information for staff at public swimming pools to understand the rights of breastfeeding mothers in Australia.
To assist local government, developers, architects, designers and building professionals to better understand the application of the new Premises Standards, the Australian Human Rights Commission has issued Guidelines on the application of the Premises Standards.
The Commonwealth Disability (Access to Premises - buildings) Standards 2010 commences on 1 May 2011. Any application for a building approval for a new building, or upgrade of an existing building on or after that date will trigger the application of the new Premises Standards.
The Office for the Community Sector (OCS) was established in 2008 in the Department of Planning and Community Development to support the Victorian Not-For-Profit (NFP) community sector to be sustainable into the future. The OCS has two key responsibilities:
- driving cross-government activity that reduces unnecessary burden related to government accountability and compliance requirements;
- and supporting the sector to build capacity to continue to be responsive to the needs of Victorians.
Visit their website at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/communitydevelopment/community-sector
It is extremely important that every facility has developed a heatwave plan. To assist with the development of your plan please visit the following websites:
For up to date weather information, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website, including the following pages specifically related to Victoria.
Fair Trading - Preventing unfair terms in health and fitness centre membership agreements: A guide for the health and fitness industry
This guide (click on the link below to download) explains how Consumer Affairs Victoria applies unfair contract terms legislation to health and fitness centre membership agreements.
This guide has been designed to help health and fitness centre operators, legal practitioners and consumer advocates understand how Consumer Affairs Victoria will apply the unfair contract terms legislation to membership agreements. It includes examples of the types of terms that may be considered unfair. However, this is not a definitive list. If you are unsure whether a term in a specific contract could be considered to be unfair, you should obtain independent legal advice.
This summary is an extract from 'Preventing unfair terms in health and fitness centre agreements'
Public Health and Wellbeing Act & Regulations
The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009, which contain provisions that cover aquatic facilities, came into effect on 1 January 2010. For more information, please visit www.health.vic.gov.au/phwa/
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