The Swimming Pools Act 1992 and Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 require that all swimming pools have a compliant child resistant barrier that restricts access to the swimming pool.
Which pools need to be fenced?
Any structure capable of being fitted with water to a depth of 300mm or more and that is used for swimming, wading or similar activities is considered a swimming pool and should be fenced (unless exempted under the legislation).
Pool fencing legislation
The legislation provides us with the authority to:
- require owners to undertake specific fencing work and repairs
- issue fines if a pool fence does not meet legal requirements
Our officers, under certain circumstances, may also enter upon the land and do what is necessary to make the swimming pool fence comply.
Child resistant barriers
Child resistant barriers must comply with the requirements of the applicable Australian Standard. Copies of relevant Australian Standards are available to view at all of the library branches within the Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA) and also at Council's Customer Service Centre at the Civic Centre on the ground floor, corner of Queen and Broughton Streets, Campbelltown.
How to keep your pool safe once it is fenced
- Always keep your fence in good repair and regularly check that all gates, doors and window locks are in working condition.
- Never leave objects near the fence as children may use them to climb over.
- Never leave any gates and doors propped open.
- Always leave your filter covered so small children can't get in to it.
- Apply for a Certificate of Compliance with Council, to certify that your barrier complies with the applicable Australian Standard.
- Complete a pool inspection self assessment checklist - available on the NSW Swimming Pool Register website.
A secure pool is no substitute for responsible adult supervision
Ensure your children learn how to swim from an early age. Campbelltown Council conducts regular Learn To Swim classes at all of its swimming pools. To find out more, contact our Sport, Recreation and Leisure section on 02 4645 4915.
A secure pool is no substitute for responsible adult supervision. Children in or around the water must be watched at all times. No matter what their swimming ability, children should always be supervised.
Training in resuscitation techniques will give adults the skills required for emergency situations.
Requirements For Selling or Leasing Your Property
If you are planning on selling or leasing your property, a Certificate of Compliance to verify that your pool fence complies with pool barrier requirements will be required to be included with contract for sale and lease documentation.
Applications for a Certificate of Compliance - Swimming Pools(136KB, PDF) can be submitted to Council, and once issued, the Certificate is generally valid for three years.