Key messages

  • All public aquatic facilities must have a water quality risk management plan.
  • A water quality risk management plan describes how an aquatic facility will protect public health by managing water quality risks.
  • A water quality risk management plan is also required for the registration of category 1 aquatic facilities with their local council.

A water quality risk management plan details how aquatic facilities will comply with the aquatic facilities provisions of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 and the Water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities – managing public health risks (the guidelines).

The guidelines state that a water quality risk management plan must include these elements:

  • staff roles and responsibilities, competencies and training requirements
  • a description of the facility, its source water, and its treatment systems
  • water quality targets and treatment objectives
  • hazard identification, risk assessment and control measures
  • operational and verification monitoring
  • incident management and response procedures
  • data recording and reporting

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has developed these resources to assist aquatics facilities to prepare their water quality risk management plan.

Use of the department’s template is not mandatory. Aquatics facilities can use their own water quality risk management plan template if they wish, provided that it addresses all of the mandatory elements listed above.