Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback for the family day care consultation!
HAVE YOUR SAY;
Standards Australia has released the draft of AS 1926.1:2019 Swimming pool safety - Safety barriers for swimming pools for public comment.
Stakeholders are encouraged to download and thoroughly analyse the document and provide comments to Standards Australia before the closing date of 31 December 2019.
In its final published form, this Standard is likely to be automatically adopted in Western Australia through the next edition of the Building Code of Australia, due on 1 May 2022.
A copy of the draft can be downloaded here.
"The objective of this Standard is to assist pool owners and pool users to avoid pool-related drowning
by providing the design, construction and performance specifications of various barrier options, which
are intended to restrict entry to the swimming pool area by young children."
Note: You will have to register in order to download the draft and provide comment which is a quick and simple enough process.
What are we advocating for?
A proactive community working towards reducing incidents of drowning in small children.
Specific legislation structured around family day care that ensures that the safety of children is priority.
Improved coronial experience for bereaved families.
- Increased suppport for families who experience sudden and unexpected child loss.
4. I recommend that the Honourable Minister for Child Protection and Community Services give consideration to requiring all family day care educators to have a fixed landline installed at their premises so that it is available to contact emergency services in the case of an emergency.
You can read further comment from the Coroner here.
**It is important to note that while the Coroner has handed down recommendations with great consideration to what will prevent further incidents, it is ultimately up to government with regards to which changes, if any, to adopt and legislate.
Meetings and Correspondence with the Premier, Attorney General and Minister for Community Services.
Meeting brief; 15th August 2018
Attendees: Mark McGowan, Premier; John Quigley, Attorney General; Simone McGurk, Minister for Community Services.
Meeting brief; 26th June 2018
Attendees: Simone McGurk, Minister for Community Services.
Other Relevant Reports and/or Campaigns
The following information includes additional data around drowning prevention reports, links and campaigns sourced from around the world.
Samuel Morris Foundation - "Australia's only charity supporting children disabled by near drowning (or other hypoxic brain injuries) and preventing future drowning deaths and disabilities through drowning prevention education and awareness."
Churchill Fellowship - Paul Reynolds - To reduce incidents of drowning particularly amongst young children - Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Philippines, New Zealand