You have to fence your pool. Inadequate pool fencing is a major factor in the rate of drowning among less than 5 years of age children.

In the below article we will see what are the safety requirements for your pool in NSW, Australia. These laws are administrated by the Office of Local Government. You can contact your local council to make sure you meet your full legal responsibilities, and more detailed information.

Warnings: The below laws and requirements are only related to NSW. Each state and territories have different laws.

  1. Child-resistant windows and doors
  2. Inflatable pools
  3. Pool gate and fence maintenance
  4. Pool fencing laws

Child-resistant windows and doors:

Swimming pools should not include windows and doors as part of the pool or fence. Some older pools might have these. But, this is no longer allowed in for any new pools being built.

Inflatable pools:

You have to ensure their swimming pools comply with the fencing laws.

Pool gate and fence maintenance

All fasteners, bolts and screws must be in good order and tight. You have to replace or tighten if there any loose fasteners, bolts and screws.

You have to spray the silicone or lubricating oil at self-closing gate locks, latches and hinges.

Manufacturers of the swimming pool gate and fence should provide written instructions on how to maintain your swimming pool gate and fence.

Pool fencing laws:

The pool fencing requirements for child-resistant barriers vary depending on where the pool is located and when the pool was built.

Swimming Pools built before 1 August 1990, have to restrict the access to the pool from the house at all times. Doors and windows must be compliant. But they can be part of the barrier.

Swimming pools built between 1st August 1990 and 1st July 2010, The swimming pool must be surrounded by a fence. The fence should separate the pool from the house.

Some exemptions apply for the below property if the pool is part of:

  1. A very small property (less than 230 sqmt)
  2. A waterfront property.
  3. A large property (2 hectares or more)

Pools built after 1st July 2010

The swimming pool must be surrounded by a fence. The fence should separate the pool from the house.

To keep your swimming pool gate and fence safely you have to replace the spring regularly and spray the silicone or lubricating oil on self-closing gate hinges, latches and locks regularly. Good maintenance can help to prevent many issues related to the swimming pool fencing.

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