Sep 08 2016

Pool Fencing Laws in Australia

Australian Standard AS 1926.1: Fencing for Swimming Pools applies for all Swimming Pools in Australia

This standard specifies requirements for the design, construction and performance of fences, gates, retaining walls, windows, doorsets and balconies intended to form part of a barrier that will restrict the access of young children to swimming pools.

However, individual States may also have some additional rules, to ensure compliance with the Standard.

New South Wales Pool Fencing Laws

Swimming pool fences must be inspected by licensed inspectors and registered with the NSW government Swimming Pool Register.
All property owners in NSW must register their swimming pool or spa pool on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

Queensland Pool Fencing Laws

From 30 November 2015, all pool fences and barriers must comply with current pool safety laws.
Swimming pool fences must be inspected by licensed inspectors and receive a pool safety certificate.

Victoria Pool Fencing Laws

A building permit is required for pool fencing.
Plans must comply with the Australian Standard and the fence will be subject to inspection.

South Australia Pool Fencing Laws

All swimming pools or spa pools must have a continuous safety barrier maintained by the pool owner that restricts access by young children to the pool.
Development approval is required for a new swimming pool, spa pool and safety fencing. Your local council will inspect.
If an Above-ground or inflatable swimming pool or spa has a filtration system you will need to get approval from your local council.

Western Australia Pool Fencing Laws

The Department of Commerce mandates that pool fencing must comply with the Australian Standard.

ACT Pool Fencing Laws

In the ACT a proposed swimming pool or spa that can hold water deeper than 300mm is required to have a certified pool safety barrier and a Certificate of Occupancy & Use (COU) issued under the Building Act 2004.
The safety barrier must be certified as complaint by an ACT licensed building surveyor.

Northern Territory Pool Fencing Laws

If you own a residential property in the Northern Territory (NT) that is less than 1.8 hectares and has a pool or spa, you may need a pool fence or a pool safety barrier that meets certain safety standards.

Tasmania Pool Fencing Laws

A building permit is required for all pools over 300 mm deep. The pools must comply with Australian Standard, including standards for pool fencing.

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