Swimming pool safety

As a pool owner you are required to:

  • Register your pool at the NSW Swimming Pool Register
  • Provide swimming pool fencing and other approved child-resistant barriers around swimming pools and spa pools
  • Provide a valid swimming pool compliance certificate before you sell or lease a property with a pool
  • Display a resuscitation chart or warning notice in a prominent position in the immediate vicinity of the pool

Definition of a pool

A pool is defined under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 as an excavation, structure or vessel: 

  • that is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300 millimetres or more; and 
  • 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 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 regulation not to be a swimming pool for the purposes of this Act.    

Making your pool safe

The NSW swimming pool register has a range of checklists for the different types of pools.

Find the pool types and relevant checklists to see if your pool complies at the NSW Swimming Pool Register website

Compliance certificates

If you are selling your property with a pool you must have:

  • A certificate of compliance; or
  • A relevant occupation certificate and a certificate of registration; or
  • A certificate of non-compliance.

If you are leasing a property with a pool you must have:

  • A certificate of compliance; or
  • A relevant occupation certificate and a certificate of registration

Standards and legislation

Swimming pool safety barriers must comply with AS1926.1 with the standard applicable at the date of construction.

Swimming pools constructed before 1 September 2008 must comply with AS1926.1 – 1986

Swimming pools constructed between 1 September 2008 and 1 May 2013 must comply with AS1926.1 – 2007

Swimming pools constructed after 1 May 2013 must comply with AS1926.1 – 2012

Further information

For further information please contact your closest Customer Service Centre.

You may also find more details at the Swimming Pools Act 1992 – NSW Government Legislation website.

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Page last updated: 12 Nov 2018