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Swimming Pool and Spa - Compliant Barriers/Fences

Outdoor pools including portable pools must be surrounded by a child-resistant barrier that separates the pool from any residential building situated on the site and from any adjoining public or private property.

The wall of an out-of-ground pool is not an acceptable child-resistant barrier.  A separate barrier means children don't immediately end up in the pool by simply climbing over the barrier, giving adults more time to intervene and avert potential immersion.

Office of Local Government advice to Certifiers about swimming pools.

Subject to the provisions under the Swimming Pools Act, Regulation and BCA, the child-resistant barrier must be designed, constructed, installed and maintained in accordance with the Australian Standard AS1926.1

Swimming pools constructed or completed before 1 September 2008, the barrier must comply with Australian Standards 1926-1986 ’Fences and gates for private swimming pools’.

Swimming Pools that commenced construction from 1 September 2008 must have a barrier that complies with Australian Standard 1926.1-2007 ‘Safety barriers for swimming pools’.

Spas are to comply with the above OR with the specific requirements outlined under the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008.

Previously, pools located on small lots or pools constructed before August 1990 could use the dwelling as part of the swimming pool barrier. This required affected doors and windows from the dwelling to be made child resistant in accordance with the Australian Standard. Previously approved premises may continue to use the exemption ONLY if the barrier is kept compliant. If the barrier is found to be non-compliant, then the exemption will cease to apply, as per the Swimming Pools Act.  

Swimming pool owners are encouraged to carry out a self-assessment of their swimming pool barrier fencing to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation. Click to access self-assessment checklists .

Hard copies of the Australian Standards are available for viewing at Council's Customer Service Counter. Please note due to copyright restrictions, copies of the document are unable to be made.  

NOTE: Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 only structures associated with the pool can be located within the pool area.

  • A shed used to contain pool filter equipment, pool chemicals and the like, solely associated to the pool operation/use is permitted within the pool area.
  • A free standing pergola, cabana and small shade structures solely associated with the use of the pool and not the dwelling house is permitted within the pool area.

Should the structure be used in any way with the dwelling or outdoor activity other than the pool then the structure cannot be within the pool area. This includes clothes lines, BBQ, sheds, animal housing, entertainment structures, garages and outside sanitary facilities. 

Portable and Inflatable Swimming Pools

Young children are in danger of drowning in all pools, even those with very shallow water.  It is therefore crucial that young children are supervised at all times in and around portable and inflatable pools when not being used, inflatable and portable pools should be emptied and stored away from young children.

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Portable Pool Storage
Inflatable Pool 2

Portable and inflatable pools capable of being filled to a depth of 300mm or more are required by law to be surrounded by a swimming pool safety barrier.

All portable swimming pools are covered by a mandatory Standard: pdf icon Consumer Goods (Portable Swimming Pools) Safety Standard 2013 (124.42kB). Under this Standard, portable swimming pools and their packaging must carry warning messages to remind purchasers, pool owners, parents and others of their safety obligations in and around these pools. More information can be found from Product Safety Australia.

Other guidelines on portable and inflatable pools are available from NSW Fair Trading and Office of Local Government.

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