Family day care residences with swimming pools, spas and water features in Western Australia

On 9 November 2015, Lachlan James Mitchell drowned at a family day care (FDC) residence in Carramar, Western Australia. 

Following the incident, a Coronial inquest was held, a report was prepared, and recommendations made.

The State Government is consulting on the most appropriate way to regulate family day care residences in Western Australia with swimming pools, spas and water features, to keep children safe.

The Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (Consultation Statement) below provides background and proposed policy options.

The proposals in the paper include changes to current regulations to improve:

  • the safety of children attending family day care in Western Australia and to prevent serious injury and death; and
  • oversight through upskilling the sector in relation to safety of the physical environment, particularly water hazards.

Consideration is also given to balancing the regulatory burden for family day care providers, the cost to the sector, and the availability of care for families.

Any interested persons, including those in the Family Day Care sector, are encouraged to consider this paper and provide feedback. The feedback period closes on 13 May 2019 at 5.00pm WST.

  • Consultation Statement - PDF | Word
  • Submission template (optional) - Word
  • Feedback can also be provided through the following online survey

Following analysis of submissions to the Consultation Statement, a Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (Decision Statement) will be prepared.

If you would like a copy of the survey or the documents in an alternative format or language, please contact to request one.