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Swimming Pool Information

In 2012 a comprehensive review of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 was finalised. The review identified a number of amendments designed to enhance the safety of children under the age of five years around private swimming pools and spas in NSW. 

Kids Can Drown Without a Sound

Backyard swimming pools are popular in Australia for rest and recreation, but their presence brings a number of health and safety risks.Too many children drown or suffer severe consequences of near drowning in backyard swimming pools.

It is important to remember that while fencing may assist in reducing drownings in backyard pools, the most effective way to prevent drownings is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible adult.

It is essential that children are taught to swim from an early age. Training in resuscitation techniques will give adults the skills required in an emergency situation.

The Royal Life Saving Society and the Red Cross conduct accredited CPR courses. All supervising adults are encouraged to undertake CPR training.

Safety and Maintenance Tips

  • Regularly check all gates self-close and self-latch. Spray hinges and locks regularly with lubricating oil and immediately replace faulty parts.
  • Regularly check and adjust latching devices to ensure correct operation and is not affected by the ground, fence or latch movement.
  • Regularly check fencing panels for correct gaps, wear and tear.


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  • Regularly check all fence bolts, screws and fasteners, ensure they are tight and in good order. Loose bolts, screws and fasteners should be tightened or replaced.
  • Ensure trees, shrubs, barbecues, toys, ladders, chairs and other items are not within the 90 centimeter of the non-climbable zone of the swimming pool barrier.
  • Teach children to swim from an early age and always supervise them around a pool.
  • Learn CPR in case of an emergency.

Resuscitation Warning Sign - What's Required

All types of pools are required to display a Resuscitation Warning Sign. The latest sign has 2012 v2 marked at the bottom. Resuscitation/Warning signs are available for purchase from the Council's Customer Service Counter (9330 6222).

  • The sign must be legible from a distance of at least 3 metres, maintained in a clearly legible condition and be within the immediate vicinity of the pool.
  • It is recommended that the Resuscitation/Warning Sign be displayed at the shallow portion of the pool near an open area within the pool enclosure as this is most likely the area where resuscitation would be carried out.

pdf icon Resuscitation Warning Sign (151.83kB)

 Frequently asked Questions

  •  Can a retaining wall be used as a swimming pool barrier

Retaining walls with a vertical rise of 1200mm and contain no hand or footholds may be used.

  • Do I need to provide a pool barrier along my balcony

Where any part of the balcony floor intrudes into the non-climbable zone of the pool safety barrier OR the balcony has direct access into the pool area (e.g. stairs) the balcony shall include a balustrade that complies with the AS1926.1 - barrier requirements.

  • Do I need approval to remove a swimming pool/spa

YES, a Complying Development Certificate is required under the State Government SEPP (Exempt & Complying Development) 2008, Part 7 Demolition. Spas, above ground and inflatable pools are generally exempt from any consent providing lands have been restored to their natural grade and level.

NOTE: Please advise Council of the pool/spa removal to enable the updating of the NSW Swimming Pool Register and Council records system.  

Further information on pool safety, registration and compliance certificates can be obtained by clicking onto this link where FAQs are provided by the NSW Government.

The Department of Local Government website at has information and resources for the public under topics Swimming Pools & Spas - Safety, useful links and resources and further information which includes

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