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Pool Fencing Regulations in Australia

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald


As drowning is the number one cause of preventable deaths in children under 5 in Australia, federal, state and local governments have been getting stricter about pool safety.  The number one way of ensuring that your pool is safe is by installing pool fencing.  Here are some general guidelines for pool fencing regulations in Australia.  

General Pool Fencing Regulations in Australia


When it comes to pool fencing in Australia, there are some general regulations that apply from state to state.  These include:

  • Ensuring that the pool fence is made from a durable material

  • Ensuring that the pool fencing is well maintained and free of any gaps, holes or damage

  • The pool fencing must be a minimum of 1.2m high when measured from the outside, and any boundary fences that make up the pool fence must be at least 1.8m high

  • The pool fencing should have a gap of no more than 10cm between the bottom of the pool fencing and the ground

  • The pool fencing should have a gap of no more than 10cm between any panels or palings

  • The gate must open outwards away from the pool area and it must be fully self closing and self latching, no matter what open position it is in

  • The latch for the gate must be mounted on the inside of the gate so that you have to reach over the gate to open it. If it is on the outside of the gate, it must be at least 1.5m high

  • You should not have any climbable objects such as trees, plants, BBQs, outdoor furniture, pot plants, pool pumps, and so on, within at least 90cm of the pool fence, so that kids cannot use them to help climb over the fence

  • Walls can form part of the swimming pool fencing but you must not be able to access the pool directly from the home (in some cases, this is allowed but you must have self closing and self latching doors, and child resistant windows)

  • Indoor pools must be fitted with a self closing, self latching door that opens outwards from the pool and that is child resistant (so children cannot simply go in and out as they please)

Pool Fencing Regulations State by State


While the general pool fencing regulations are pretty similar Australia wide, you should be aware that each individual state may have brought in its own regulations that swimming pool owners have to abide by.  Heavy penalties are often imposed for failing to follow these regulations so it is important that you talk to your pool builder, your local council, or the relevant government building before installing a new pool fence or before you build a new pool so that you understand what your requirements are and so that you can ensure that you are meeting your obligations from the get go.

For state-specific pool fencing regulations, view the following articles:

If you'd like to get specific advice on pool fencing regulations, your local pool fencing professional will be able to help you.
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