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Swimming pool laws and registration

Portable swimming pool in backyard with three young boys Portable swimming pool

Drowning is one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five. Each year on average 10 children under the age of five drown in backyard swimming pools and many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with near-drowning experiences.

As a swimming pool owner, under the NSW State Government swimming pool laws you are required to:

  • Register your swimming pool, temporary and portable swimming pool* or spa on a state wide Swimming Pool Register. The new provisions also apply to "temporary" and portable swimming pools capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300mm (the length of a standard ruler).
  • Self-assess by using the Self-Assessment Checklist and Registration form and state in the register that, to the best of your knowledge, your pool complies with the applicable standard.
  • Provide a valid swimming pool compliance certificate before selling or leasing a property with a pool from 29 April 2016. Refer to the Requirements for selling or leasing a property with a swimming pool or spa pool for more information.

Register your pool

Register your Pool or Spa Online


A penalty of $220 can be given to owners who fail to register a swimming pool.

Have your pool inspected

Campbelltown City Council, in line with the changes to the Swimming Pools Act and requirements have commenced a swimming pool inspection program to encourage pool owners to ensure your child safe barrier complies with relevant requirements. We recommend regularly undertaking a preliminary self-check of your pool safety barrier and rectify any obvious problems.

Find out more about Swimming Pool Barrier Inspections.

Further information

The NSW Swimming Pool Register website provides comprehensive information regarding the legislation, registration requirements, Australian Standard, inspections and compliance, pool safety barriers and installation of a new pool or spa.

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