Industry Guidelines

The following have been developed within the ALFA Alliance and shared as national guidelines and templates for use within the industry:

Best Practice Guidelines For Water Management In Aquatic Centres – Sydney Water, 2011
ALFA partnered with Sydney Water to develop Best Practice Guidelines For Water Management In Aquatic Centres. This document summarises the most efficient operational procedures and management practices for aquatic centres. It was developed to help council and aquatic centre sustainability officers, facility managers and swimming pool operational staff to share the benefits that come from improved water management.


Smart Water Best Practice Guide – Aquatics & Recreation Victoria, 2010
The Best Practice Guide promotes our water as a highly valuable resource and provides a framework to guide and encourage efficient and cost-effective water use throughout the state.  The Guide offers a general framework and information of water use efficiency tools/programs from which to begin assessing water supply and demand.


Managing Extreme Heat Guidelines – Aquatics & Recreation Victoria, 2010
These Guidelines provide an overview of the likely matters that could be taken into consideration when drafting operational policy to manage community aquatic and recreation centre operations during periods of extreme heat. The information contained in these Guidelines may be adapted in consultation with Council, Centre management and frontline staff, to ensure all necessary requirements and imperatives are met and considered.


Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Facility Development Guidelines – Aquatics & Recreation Victoria, 2011
These Guidelines are presented in a step by step process with accompanying schedules, which provide an outline of the key matters that a council should consider when either constructing a new or undertaking major refurbishment of an indoor aquatic and recreation centre.


Pool Concourse Guidelines – Aquatics & Recreation Victoria, 2011
These Guidlines seek to address issues associated with the design, procurement, construction and management of pool concourses and highlights the critical importance that the design and construction of a pool concourse has in relation to the overall performance of new, redeveloped or refurbished aquatic and recreation centres.


Functional Design Brief Template Re: Industry Representation on GSPO National Reference Group- Aquatics & Recreation Victoria, 2011
For local councils the cost of building or refurbishing community aquatic and recreation facilities is the single largest capital investment they will make.  The template seeks to address issues associated with the effective documentation of key elements that can form a project’s Functional Design Brief.


Cost Benefit Analysis and Economic Impact Assessment Model – Sport & Recreation Victoria, 2009
A model to assists organisations in undertaking a Cost-Benefit Assessment and/or an Economic Impact Assessment associated with the development of a new facility or an extension/upgrade of an existing community sport and recreation facility. The model and user manual should be used in conjunction with each other to undertake the cost benefit analysis and determine the economic impact of the facility:


Public Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Advisory Document – NSW Health, 2012
The primary purpose of the advisory document is to provide information and guidance to pool operators, environmental health officers, pool consultants and other swimming pool industry stakeholders on the appropriate modern standards to design, operate and maintain healthy swimming pools and spa pools.

Guide to Municipal Health & Wellbeing Planning – VicHealth, 2012

VicHealth have recently published two new resources to support local councils in preparing municipal public health and wellbeing plans (MPHWP). The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires councils to develop a MPHWP every four years. In preparing the MPHWP, councils are required to take into account the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. The Act also provides councils with the option to include public health and wellbeing matters into their Council Plan or other strategic plan.

GSPOGuidelines for Safe Pool Operation – RLSSA 2016
The Royal Life Saving Society Australia provides management standards and practices for the operation of public aquatic facilities. Information about minimum requirements and best practice will assist an operator in satisfying their legislative obligations and provide a high standard of care to swimming pool patrons.

The Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation are a must for managers of aquatic facilities. The GSPO also contains invaluable information for local government, facility owners, architects, engineers, duty managers and pool lifeguards.

The Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation are a Subscription based service provided by RLSSA.

Guidelines for Outdoor Seasonal Pools – Aquatics & Recreation Victoria and Sport & Recreation Victoria
For many local governments building and maintaining a community swimming pool represents a substantial capital investment. To assist local government officers, leisure planners, designers, architects and operators, Sport and Recreation Victoria in partnership with Aquatics and Recreation Victoria, have commissioned the development of these Seasonal Pool Guidelines.


Swimming Pool Facility Standards – RLSSA
Royal Life Saving Society, Australia. Partnering with the aquatics industry, the Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) works to ensure the highest standards of safety at aquatic facilities and swimming pools across Australia. RLSSA has a number of programs and resources that can help planners and facility managers.