All swimming pools in Australia must be surrounded by a fence; although the laws slightly vary depending on the state, the motive remains the same, to prevent children from entering the pool vicinity while unaccompanied by an adult or a responsible guardian. It’s imperative that if you’re in the process of installing a swimming pool, or already have one, that you make sure your fence complies with your states regulations.
The law in New South Wales is changing as of the 29th of April, 2016, prohibiting the selling or leasing of a property without a valid certificate stating the it has passed the laws. A copy of the certificate must accompany the sale contract or tenancy agreement to sell or rent a property containing a swimming pool. The definition of a swimming pool, according to the law is an excavation, structure, or vessel that is more than 30 centimetres and used for swimming.
Registering your swimming pool is simple and will enable you to help make your pool as safe as it can be , once you’ve answered all the questions, a checklist will be sent to you allowing you to check your pool.
An inspection can be completed by local councils and accredited certifiers that are registered with the building professional board. It’s recommended that you do that before the end of April 2016.
For more information, visit the NSW Swimming Pool Register.
Although there is no imminent change to the law regarding swimming pool fences in Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority recommends you check that your pool complies with the current rules and regulations. Just like its counterpart, Victorian law also states that pools and spas with a depth greater than 30 centimeters must be fenced off and not be directly accessible through any other entrance. Indoor pools and spas must also follow the same rules as outdoor ones.
A building permit must be issued before commencing the installation by a Relevant Building Surveyor, and in order to obtain the permit, an extensive amount of planning, including detailed drawings must be done to ensure the fence will meet all of the safety standards. The permit must also state the date, in which the installation must begin by, while if the new pool receives more than 30 centimetres of water, it must have a temporary barrier around it until the permanent fence has been installed.
For more in-depth information, visit this site.
In 2010, Queensland introduced some new laws that must be followed, with a five-year phase in period. The 30th of November was the cut off date, and for those who haven’t obeyed the rules, a fine of over $800 might be given to you. Not only is this relevant to residential properties with a swimming pool, all commercial buildings such as hotels and motels must comply with the new pool rules, either having a suitable pool barrier or a pool safety management plan that’s been approved by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Pool safety certificates are an absolute must for those renting or selling property that has a pool.
Like New South Wales and Victoria, Queensland has strict rules, all properties must follow the Building Act 1975, which includes fitting all gates with latches that cannot be opened by children, and having a suitable barrier.
For further details, visit the Queensland Government website.