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Swimming Pool Safety

In 2012, a comprehensive review of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 was finalised.  This review identified a number of amendments designed to enhance the safety of children under the age of five years around private (backyard) swimming pools in NSW.  If you have an outdoor or indoor swimming pool you need to be aware of the changes to the law in NSW to ensure there are no health and safety risks and that your swimming pool, spa and/or portable pool is required to be registered.

A swimming pool is defined as a structure capable of being filled with 300mm or more of water. Swimming pool owners are required to ensure that approved fencing, access gates, locks, latches and signage are correctly installed and maintained in accordance with the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

The Act requires that owners ensure their swimming pool is surrounded by a compliant approved child resistant barrier and that occupiers maintain the barrier in a state of good repair and to ensure all gates and doors providing access to the swimming pool are kept securely closed and latched at all times.

Council's Responsibilities

  • Administering of the Swimming Pools Act and Regulation in the Hurstville Local Government Area.
  •  Ensuring it is notified of all swimming pools in its Local Government Area which are covered by the Act.
  • Promoting awareness of the legislative requirements in relation to swimming pools.
  • Conducting swimming pool inspections including inspection of barriers and signs.
  • Ensuring owners comply with the Swimming Pools Act.
  • Investigation of complaints about non-compliances with The Act.
  • Ensuring the public have access to the required legislation, outlined under Clause 21 of the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008.

Non-Government Organisations

  • The Royal Lifesaving Society Australia - the largest single organisation deidcated to the teaching of lifesaving and the prevention of drowning (Keep Watch Program).
  • Surf Life Saving NSW - provides water safety, first aid and CPR training.
  • Austswim - National Body to oversee the training and accreditation of swimming and water safety teachers.
  • St Johns Ambulance Australia - Australia's leading provider of first aid training, first aid services at public events and supplier of first aid kits and equipment.
  • Kidsafe NSW Inc - Child Accident and Prevention Foundation of Australia, provide general advice.
  • Kids Health - Strive to keep children fit, happy, healthy, and safe and out of hospital.  The team works to achieve the above aims through health and safety promotion, information provision and education.
NSW Government Advice

Read what NSW Government Departments have to say about swimming pool safety:

What is the law?

In NSW their are specific laws read more about the:

Ask more questions

Please email us and ask any questions you want about your pool.  Please provide your address so we can look up the relevant date you pool was approved and built.  This makes a big difference to the advice we will provide. Email us now.


All photos displayed on Council's website for Swimming Pool Safety were supplied by the great staff of 'Kids Health' at The Children's Hospital Westmead and Royal Life Saving Society - Australia. Hurstville City Council wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation for their help in this very important safety campaign.



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