Swimming pools are excellent for recreation and fitness but it is imperative to make sure that they are safe. The best way to do this is by installing compliant pool fencing. Here is some information for you. For regulations in other states, see the article Pool Fencing Regulations in Australia.
What Pool Fencing Regulations Apply in NSW?
If you have an indoor or outdoor pool in NSW, you will have to adhere to the relevant legislation, which is the Swimming Pools Act 1992, the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008, and the Australian Standard 1926-2007. You can obtain copies of the legislation from your local library, online, or by visiting your local Council. It is important that you understand what the legislation calls for in regards to pool fencing, as you may be fined anywhere from $220 to $1,100 for failing to meet the requirements, as well as be directed to fix any and all issues with your pool.
Key Pool Fencing Requirements
There is some key pool fencing requirements that every pool in NSW must adhere to. Be aware that this is not every requirement. These include:
- Ensuring that the pool is at least 1200mm (1.2m) all the way around
- If a boundary fence forms any part of your pool fencing, the boundary fence must be at least 1800mm (1.8m) high and have no footholds that allow children to climb the fence and get into the pool
- Swimming pool fences must be kept in good repair with no breaks, holes, gaps or other damage
- No objects should be placed within 900mm (90cm) of the pool fencing so that children can use them to climb over the fencing. These include pots, barbecues, trees, plants, furniture and the like
- Swimming pool gates must open outwards and should be self closing from any open position. The location of the gate latch should be on the inside of the pool fencing so that you reach over to access it
- A resuscitation sign should be displayed immediately around the pool area
- Any pool or water feature that is deeper than 300mm (30cm) when it is filled must have the appropriate safety fencing installed
- The fence cannot be more than 100mm (10cm) above the ground and any gaps between palings cannot be more than 100mm (10cm)
Ensuring that Your Pool Fencing is Safe
If you have any questions about the suitability of your pool fencing, you can apply to your local council for a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate. An inspector will come to your home in order to check out your pool fencing and make sure that it meets the regulations. They will be able to point any problems that you need fixed, as well as answer any questions that you may have. The Compliance Certificate will be granted when the pool fencing has been approved.
If there's anything else you need to know, speak to your local pool fencing