The owner of a swimming pool has the responsibility to ensure that it is always surrounded by a child-resistant pool safety barrier that meets the requirements of 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, etc. This includes concrete and fibreglass pools, inflatable pools, temporary or wading pools, spas but excludes spa baths within a bathroom.
Small portable, temporary or inflatable pools must also be approved and fenced like any other pool.
Swimming pool owners are responsible for:
- supervising all pool users - visit the NSW Department of Fair Trading website for further information and assistance
- maintaining pool fences once installed
- resuscitation poster displayed near the pool
- register the pool on the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register
Council is responsible for:
- enforcing safety standards and investigating complaints of unsafe pools
- inspecting public pools
- inspecting pools for certificates of compliance
Selling or leasing a property with a swimming pool
To sell or lease a property with a swimming pool, the owner must obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate, which verifies that the pool's barrier fencing meets the required standard.