Swimming pools

Swimming pools

Swimming pool fences

Tragically, every year a number of children drown in backyard pools.

A few simple precautions followed can help families avoid tragedy.

Owners of homes with a swimming pool must regularly check and maintain its fence and any other safety features.

All swimming pools installed in NSW homes after 1 August 1990 are required to have a child resistant pool fence that is at least 1.2 metres high or 1.8 metres if it is a boundary fence.

Fences must also comply with all other Australian Standards.

It is also a legal requirement that swimming pools are registered with the state government.

We recommend home owners, landlords and tenants use the safety checklist on the state government's website to make sure your swimming pool fence complies with NSW legislation.

The checklist is available at the swimming pool register site.

Keeping pools safe

A compliance certificate is required (or an occupation certificate that is less than 3 years old) for swimming pools that are located on residential premises with multiple tenants or tourist/visitor accommodation facilities that are not on public land. A compliance certificate is also required for any property which is for sale or lease.

Before you apply for a swimming pool compliance certificate, your pool must be registered on the NSW Government's swimming pool register.

Safety and maintenance tips

  • Regularly check that the gate self-closes and self-latches. Spray hinges and locks regularly with lubricating oil and immediately replace faulty parts.
  • Regularly check and adjust the latching device as needed to ensure it is operating correctly and has not been affected by the ground, fence or latch movement.
  • Regularly check fencing panels for correct gaps, rust and wear and tear.
  • Regularly check all fence bolts, screws and fasteners to make sure they are tight and in good order. Any loose bolts, screws and fasteners should be tightened or replaced.
  • Make sure trees, shrubs, barbecues, pot plants, toys, ladders, chairs and other objects are not within the non-climbable zone of the fence and are stored as far away from the fence as possible.
  • Always leave your filter covered and chemicals out of reach of children.
  • Always supervise children around a pool and teach them to swim from an early age.
  • Consider learning CPR in case of an emergency and ensure that a compliant CPR chart is visible from within the pool enclosure.

Last updated: Friday, 20 March 2020