Private Swimming Pools & Spas
Water safety in and around swimming pools and spas is very important - the death or injury of a child in a backyard swimming pool or spa is a preventable tragedy.
Every swimming pool owner in New South Wales is required to register their pool on the New South Wales State Governments online register.
Pool Owners who fail to register their pool may face fines.
New Laws from 29 April 2016
In April 2016 new laws were introduced in respect to selling and leasing of properties with a swimming pool. These changes have been introduced to promote the safety of children under the age of five around backyard swimming pools.
The owner of a swimming pool has the responsibility to ensure that the pool is at all times surrounded by a complying child resistant pool safety barrier.
Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, a swimming pool is defined as any excavation, structure or vessel that can be filled with water to a depth greater than 300 millimetres and is designed for swimming, wading, paddling and the like. This includes a spa pool, but does not include a spa bath or anything within a bathroom. Please note, small portable or inflatable pools need to be approved and fenced like any other pool.
Swimming pool owners are encouraged to undertake a self-assessment of their swimming pool barrier fencing to ensure compliance. You can view a self-assessment checklist at the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register.
For pools built before 1 August 1990
For pools built after 1 August 1990 but before 1 July 2010
For pools built after 1 July 2010
Pool Fence & Gate – Maintenance
Pool Fence - Location
Selling or leasing a property with a swimming pool
From 29 April 2016, a swimming pool owner must obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate before they can sell or lease their property. The Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate ensures all swimming pool barrier fencing complies with the relevant standard. The Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate is valid for three years.
To obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate you will need to fill out the Swimming Pool Inspections Contract (this doubles as the application form) and pay a fee.