Private Swimming Pools

Pool Awareness 

What is a Swimming Pool?

swimming pool means an excavation, structure or vessel:
(a) that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300 millimetres, and
(b) that is solely or principally used, or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely or principally used, for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity, and includes a spa pool, but does not include a spa bath. Anything that is situated within a bathroom or anything declared by the regulations not to be a swimming pool for the purpose of the Act. 

Swimming Pool Safety Initiative
Sadly, a total of 8 children drowned in NSW backyard swimming pools between 2006 and 2009.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children who lack the cognitive and water skills to deal with the danger.

With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community.

The Department of Local Government is undertaking a swimming pool safety initiative to increase awareness of the dangers in and around swimming pools for children during impending summer season.

Home pool safety in a box                              
Home Pool Safety in a Box provides a range of "Keep Watch" strategies to keep children safe around the pool including supervision, resuscitation, water familiarisation and pool fencing.

This is a swimming pool incentive released by Royal Life Saving, NSW and can be purchased for $49.50 plus $9.90 postage and handling.
Included in the Box:

  • Learn CPR - Personal Learning Program allows you to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes
  • Home Pool Safety Checklist
  • Keep Watch Home Pool Safety booklet
  • Keep Watch 'Designated Child Supervisor' hat
The Swimming Pools Act
The Swimming Pools Act 1992 prescribes the fencing requirements of backyard swimming pools in NSW.

Some other safety requirements are prescribed including the requirement for a CPR sign to be displayed near the pool.

The Swimming Pools Regulation
The Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 was re-made on 1 September 2008. It calls up AS1926.1-2007 Swimming Pool Safety, Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools, which includes new requirements for non-climbable zones, mesh sizes for fences, retaining walls that form part of a barrier and balconies that project into the pool area.

It is important to note that exemption from fencing swimming pools on rural properties has been withdrawn. All swimming pools constructed after 1 July 2010 now must be surrounded by a child resistant barrier complying with the Regulations.

These new requirements apply to new pools only and do not significantly increase costs. Existing pools, as defined by the Act, will not be required to comply unless there are substantial alterations made to the child resistant barrier. See Review of Swimming Pools Act 1992 for further information.

Swimming Pool Registration

All backyard pools and spas in NSW are now required to be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. The Register is open now at

Registering is simple and easy. To register your pool, all you’ll need to know is the address, the size of the property, the type of pool you own (e.g. in ground, spa pool), whether any work has been done to your pool barrier, and how old your pool is.

The Register is open now, and it will stay open. Whether you already own a pool, or you build one later on, you will need to register it.” Failing to have your pool registered can attract a fine of up to $220.

If you would prefer, please contact the Council Office and they can also help you register for a fee of up to $10.

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