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Pool Safety Laws In Australia: What You Need To Know


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Summer is well and truly under way. If you are a pool owner or looking to install a pool over summer, you need to make sure that your pool is meeting the correct requirements.

During 2015 there have been a number of changes to pool safety law, here is a recap of what you need to know, depending on which state you live in.

Queensland

  • If a pool or spa has a depth of 30cm or more (300mm), it is required to be surrounded by safety barrier. This includes inflatable pools.
  • All pools must be fully enclosed by a barrier that meets the requirements set in the Building Act 1975. Barriers can include:
    • Fencing
    • Walls
  • All barriers must be kept closed at all times including the gate.
  • The gate must open away from the pool.
  • The gate must be self closing from any position and self latching.
  • The gate latch must be located at least 1500mm above the ground and at least 1400mm above the top part of the horizontal railings.
OR

The gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence, is 150mm from the top and is covered with a 450mm radius shield.

  • The hinges must be at least 900mm apart.
  • All climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the fence on the outside.
  • All non-climbable objects must not be within 300mm of the pool fence on the inside.
  • All barriers must be at least 1200mm high.
  • The bottom of the pool fence and gate must be no more than 100mm off the ground.
  • If the horizontal rails are 900mm or more apart the verticals cannot exceed 100mm apart.
  • If the horizontals are less than 900mm apart the verticals must be no more than 10mm wide
  • Your pool must be registered. If it isn’t you could be fined up to $2356.
  • You must have a CPR sign prominently displayed in the pool area.
  • You cannot have a door access the pool from the house. Any windows around the pool must not open more than 100mm or must have screens.
  • Before selling, leasing or renting a property with a pool, you must obtain a pool safety certificate. This is valid for two years for non-shared pools and one year for shared pools.
  • From the 1st December 2015 all Queensland pools must meet the safety standard. If your pool does not comply with fencing law, you will be charged $117.80.

&New South Wales

  • If a pool or spa has a depth of 30cm or more (300mm), it is required to be surrounded by safety barrier. This includes inflatable pools.
  • All pools must be fully enclosed by a barrier that meets the requirements. Barriers can include:
    • Fencing
    • Walls
  • All barriers must be kept closed at all times including the gate.
  • The gate must open away from the pool.
  • The gate must be self closing from any position and self latching.
  • The gate latch must be located at least 1500mm above the ground and at least 1400mm above the top part of the horizontal railings.
OR

The gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence, is 150mm from the top and is covered with a 450mm radius shield.

  • The hinges must be at least 900mm apart.
  • All climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the fence on the outside.
  • All non-climbable objects must not be within 300mm of the pool fence on the inside.
  • All barriers must be at least 1200mm high.
  • The bottom of the pool fence and gate must be no more than 100mm off the ground.
  • The pool fence must not have gaps of more than 10cm between any vertical bars in the fence
  • If containing horizontal climbable bars, the pool fence must have these spaced at least 90cm apart.
  • Your pool must be registered.
  • You must have a CPR sign prominently displayed in the pool area.
  • You cannot have a door access the pool from the house. Any windows around the pool must not open more than 100mm or must have screens.

&Victoria

  • If a pool or spa has a depth of 30cm or more (300mm), it is required to be surrounded by safety barrier. This includes inflatable pools.
  • All pools must be fully enclosed by a barrier that meets the requirements. Barriers can include:
    • Fencing
    • Walls
  • All barriers must be kept closed at all times including the gate.
  • The gate must open away from the pool.
  • The gate must be self closing from any position and self latching.
  • The gate latch must be located at least 1500mm above the ground and at least 1400mm above the top part of the horizontal railings.
OR

The gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence, is 150mm from the top and is covered with a 450mm radius shield.

  • The hinges must be at least 900mm apart.
  • All climbable objects must be at least 500mm away from the fence on the outside.
  • All non-climbable objects must not be within 300mm of the pool fence on the inside.
  • All barriers must be at least 1200mm high.
  • The bottom of the pool fence and gate must be no more than 100mm off the ground.
  • The pool fence must not have gaps of more than 10cm between any vertical bars in the fence
  • If containing horizontal climbable bars, the pool fence must have these spaced at least 90cm apart.
  • Your pool must be registered.
  • You must have a CPR sign prominently displayed in the pool area.
  • You cannot have a door access the pool from the house. Any windows around the pool must not open more than 100mm or must have screens.

&Western Australia

  • If a pool or spa has a depth of 30cm or more (300mm), it is required to be surrounded by safety barrier. This includes inflatable pools.
  • All pools must be fully enclosed by a barrier that meets the requirements. Barriers can include:
    • Fencing
    • Walls
  • All barriers must be kept closed at all times including the gate.
  • The gate must open away from the pool.
  • The gate must be self closing from any position and self latching.
  • The gate latch must be located at least 1500mm above the ground and at least 1400mm above the top part of the horizontal railings.
OR

The gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence, is 150mm from the top and is covered with a 450mm radius shield.

  • The hinges must be at least 900mm apart.
  • All climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the fence on the outside.
  • All non-climbable objects must not be within 300mm of the pool fence on the inside.
  • All barriers must be at least 1200mm high.
  • The bottom of the pool fence and gate must be no more than 100mm off the ground.
  • The pool fence must not have gaps of more than 10cm between any vertical bars in the fence
  • If containing horizontal climbable bars, the pool fence must have these spaced at least 90cm apart.
  • Your pool must be registered.
  • You must have a CPR sign prominently displayed in the pool area.
  • You cannot have a door access the pool from the house. Any windows around the pool must not open more than 100mm or must have screens.

Written by Shine Lawyers on December 31, 2015. Last modified: September 6, 2018.

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