On 5th December, 2012, Spiros Dassakis, CEO of SPASA NSW, announced the state body had changed its name and was re-launching itself as a national body — the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance of Australia. The move, which had been considered for some time, had the support of the entire board of directors of SPASA NSW.
Mr Dassakis said, “For some time, SPASA NSW has been advocating for a better working model for a national body, without any personal agendas. After feeling despondent at the bureaucratic locks experienced as a key member of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association, SPASA NSW has brought on board key stakeholders to form the new national body.
“It’s been long acknowledged that we need one voice representing the pool and spa industry to effectively lobby both state and federal government on issues which have a resounding affect on our industry. The launch of SPASA Australia signals an important milestone in the future of the swimming pool and spa industry. Finally, our industry will be represented by one united association with a strong and cohesive voice, across the country.”
According to Mr Dassakis, SPASA Australia was formed in order to represent the many and varied interests of the entire swimming pool and spa industry with "one voice" to a diverse audience which includes government, media, investors, legislative bodies and consumers, as well as the membership itself, to increase awareness of:
• The industry’s value to the economy
• The benefits our members provide to the health and wellbeing of the nation
• The need for standards, accreditation and professionalism
• The need for accessible, affordable and recognised education and training across all sectors
SPASA Australia’s launch will be followed by a three-phase national rollout strategy, which will include all the services that members expect. The structure of SPASA Australia will be broken up into relevant regions and industry sectors. This will ensure the new association fairly represents the interests of all members across Australia irrespective of their geographical location. It will act as the point of contact between the industry, state and Federal governments.
SPASA Australia will invite all current state SPASAs to be on the board of the new organisation, which will operate under a majority vote.
“By abiding by the fundamental principle of equal say and majority vote, SPASA Australia is designed to make it easier for our members to get things done. We make it easier for government and our members by being able to deal with one body, and we make it easier for consumers to locate a pool and spa professional they can trust by looking for our logo,” said Mr Dassakis.
SPASA Australia will be focused on action and influence. Members and stakeholders across the retail, construction, manufacturing and supplier sectors will be involved with prioritising the pressures they face and devising actionable plans to alleviate them.
Membership to SPASA Australia will be automatic for the current members of SPASA NSW. Members from every corner of Australia are encouraged to join.
More details can be found at www.spasaaustralia.org.au
A word from...
Peter Moore, SPASA NSW President
The SPASA NSW Board was unanimous in the decision to change our name to Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance of Australia. The board has come to realise a true need to become a national association to represent all sectors of the industry. SPASA NSW has become the most proactive association in Australia and has built up major credibility with many government departments and standards and sits on many government committees. SPASA NSW is the only registered training organisation specifically training all sectors of the swimming pool industry. SPASA NSW has formed a solid base and this is the next stage for the future of the whole swimming pool industry.
Rob Guthrie, SPASA NSW Vice President
SPASA NSW has long felt the need for a cohesive body to represent all participants in the pool and spa industry on a national basis. While there have been some worthwhile attempts to do so in the past, they have not adequately addressed the needs of all sectors of the industry. The board felt that building on our existing member base of builders, suppliers and retail and service technicians, as well as our established training facilities and representation on many national standards and similar committees, was the ideal springboard for a truly national representative body.
The name change to the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance of Australia will allow the organisation to further represent members to all levels of government and provide a vehicle for industry-based training on a national basis. SPASA NSW is the only registered training organisation in the country that is pool-based and pool-focused. Our courses are being delivered nationally and the change of identity can only improve the opportunity for better participation in education.
The board’s decision in this matter was unanimous and it remains very excited about the move and looks forward to a thriving future.