Public Swimming Pools and Spas

The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 controls the public health risk associated with public swimming and spa pools. Following is a selection of materials which will assist in understanding public swimming pool and spa pool issues. This includes pools and spas:

  • Provided at a work place, or
  • Provided at a hotel, motel, guest house, holiday unit, or
  • Provided at a school or hospital.

Swimming pools or spa pools in private residential premises are not public swimming pools or spas.

During the warmer months of October through to March Council's Environmental Health Officers carry out the Public Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Monitoring Program. The Program involves the on-site monitoring of various water quality parameters such as pH, alkalinity, free and total chlorine along with the collection and analysis of microbiological water samples to ensure compliance with the Public Health legislation.


Sample Log Sheet


Clean Pools for Healthy Swimming Campaign


Contamination Response Plans - for Operators

Notification Form

Owners/Operators of public swimming pools or spa pools in the Ballina Shire are required to be registered on Council's Public Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Register.

Registration can be carried out by contacting Council to request an application form and returning the completed form to Council along with the appropriate fee:

  • Public Swimming Pool Water Quality Registration and Inspection Fee: $220.00 (2016/17 Financial Year)
  • Public Swimming Pool Water Quality Re-Inspection and Subsequent Inspections Fee:  $184.00 (2016/17 Financial Year)


Any enquiries regarding Public Swimming Pools or procedures can be made to Council's Public and Environmental Health Section on 02 6686 1210.

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