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Swimming pool fencing, registration and safety
 

Pool fencing, pool registration and pool safety

Georges River local government area is home to thousands of swimming pools. We have a responsibility to ensure residents meet the safety standards of pool fencing legislation. This includes registering and certifying all residential swimming pools. We are also required to raise awareness of pool safety practises.
 
Many children drown or are seriously injured in swimming pools every year. There are several simple ways to avoid tragedies related to swimming pools including:

  • building compliant fences or barriers around swimming pools
  • constantly supervising children in and around swimming pools
  • displaying cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction sign close to the pool
  • regularly inspect, maintain and repair pool fences and gates

The Royal Life Saving Society created a 'Keep Watch' campaign. It recommends implementing these four actions maximise child safety around water:

  • supervise
  • restrict
  • teach
  • respond

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. If you are supervising a toddler or child around or in a swimming pool. Remember: Avoid distractions such as mobile phones, attending to another child and NEVER LEAVE a child unattended in or around a pool.
 
More information about the Keep Watch Program is available on the Royal Lifesaving website.
 

Regulations for swimming pool fencing

In NSW, pool owners must have a fence or other approved child-resistant barrier installed around their pool or spa pool.
 
Before submitting an application to certify your swimming pool, please refer to:

NSW Fair Trading has advised that all pools must comply with the current barrier requirements unless it can be verified that the pool complied on 31 August 2008 and continued to comply until date of inspection. Council will follow all advice from Fair Trading regarding the interpretation of the Act and regulations.  

Self-assessment checklists are available on the NSW Swimming Pool register to help owners ensure their pools comply.  Current checklist is located at Swimming pool self assessment checklist
 

Registration

 Owners of premises with a swimming pool or spa must register the pool or spa on the NSW Swimming Pool Register, under the Swimming Pools Act 1992.
 
The Swimming Pool Register is administered by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment, Division of Local Government.
 
Registration of existing pools was required to be made before 29 October 2013. If you have not yet registered your pool, please register it as soon as possible to avoid penalties.
 
All new swimming pools and spa pools must be registered before the appointed Council or Private Accredited Certifier can issue an Occupation Certificate for the pool. 
 























Georges River local government area is home to thousands of swimming pools. Council is responsible for ensuring residents comply with pool fencing legislation, pool registration and certification requirements.  We are also responsible for creating awareness of pool safety.

Tragically, many children drown or are seriously injured in swimming pools every year. It is important to ensure that all swimming pools have proper barriers and children are always supervised. Having a current CPR and Resuscitation sign, displayed in a prominent place, is also a key safety feature.

The Royal Life Saving Society has launched its “Keep Watch” campaign. The Keep Watch campaign urges parents and carers to always supervise children 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.

More information about the Keep Watch Program is available on the Royal Lifesaving website.

Regulations for swimming pool fencing

In NSW, there are legal requirements for pool fencing and other approved child-resistant barriers to be installed around all swimming pools and spa pools.

Council is in the process of developing a new inspection program in accordance with the Swimming Pools Act 1992. The program aims to increase the level of swimming pool barrier compliance and to build awareness.

The legislation and full requirements are very detailed, so pool owners are advised to refer to the Swimming Pools Act 1992, the Swimming Pools Regulation 2018 and relevant Australian Standards for the complete requirements.

The specific requirements and standards of installation differ depending on when the pool was installed and the nature and the size of the property at that time.

For specific requirements and checklists for your swimming pool, you can download the self-assessment checklists provided by the NSW Department of Fair Trading.

 

Registration 

Owners of premises with a swimming pool or spa must register the pool or spa on the NSW Swimming Pool Register, in accordance with the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

The Swimming Pool Register is administered by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment, Division of Local Government.

Registration of existing pools was required to be made before 29 October 2013. If you have not yet registered your pool, please register it as soon as possible to avoid penalties.

All new swimming pools and spa pools must be registered before the appointed Council or Private Accredited Certifier can issue an Occupation Certificate for the pool.

Please visit our Swimming Pool Certificates page for more information on certification, inspection and requirements.

 


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