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Swimming Pool Safety

The Royal Life Saving Society Australia has launched its' “Keep Watch” campaign.

The Keep Watch campaign urges parents and carers to supervise children at all times around water. It will remind parents of the importance of inspecting their gate and fence and ensuring that maintenance and repairs are undertaken as a matter of urgency.

It only takes a few moments for a child to slip away unnoticed, fall into the water and drown. Drowning is often quick and silent. Distractions like browsing social media on your phone, attending to another child, or ducking inside to grab something can have tragic consequences if a toddler is left unattended by the water. It’s important for parents and carers to take extra safety precautions.

Always keep watch of children around water. More information about the Keep Watch Toddler Drowning Preventation Program is available on the Royal Lifesaving Website.


Your Responsibilities

As a swimming pool owner, you are responsible for ensuring your pool is enclosed with a child safe barrier and access by children is restricted at all times. You are also responsible for ensuring your pool complies with NSW Legislation.

Register Your Pool

If you own a swimming pool, you are required by law to register your pool online at the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

To register your pool, you must conduct an assessment and confirm that your pool complies with the relevant safety standards required.

The provisions also apply to temporary and portable swimming pools capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300mm.

Pool Fences

You must regularly check and maintain the fence and any other safety features around your pool. Complete the safety checklist to ensure your fence complies with NSW Legislation.

Inspections

We carry out inspections of pools and spas and will issue a Compliance Certificate. The inspection will cost $150 and your certificate will be valid for up to three years from the date of issue. 

By law you need to provide a Certificate of Compliance or Non-Compliance if you are selling or leasing a property with a pool. 

Useful Links

Self-Assessment Checklists
Pool Inspection Checklists
Office of Local Government's Swimming Pools and Spas Information 
Protect Your Pool, Protect Your Kids Video
Royal Lifesaving Society


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