Need A NSW Pool Inspection?

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The Facts

There are more than 374,000 pool owners in NSW

reasons were pinpointed to

  • faulty fences
  • lack of fence
  • faulty gates
  • gate left open


NSW Central Coast

Greater Sydney


What Should You Know About The Pool Safety Standards?

Across the last decade, statistics have proven compliant pool, spa and barriers significantly reduces the risk of children aged 0-4 drowning.

In 2016, NSW laws required all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool to comply with the pool safety laws with valid safety certification, such as

  • certificate of compliance
  • certificate of non compliance, or
  • relevant occupation certificate

Understanding How Pool Inspections Work In NSW

Just as a car needs a safety certificate as proof they’re safe to drive in, pools and spas need proof they’re safe to dive in – with a safety compliance certificate to prove pool and spa fences and barriers meet the state safety requirements.

Pool fence inspections reduce this risk and saves lives.

What Do NSW Pool Safety Inspectors Do?

All licensed pool safety inspectors in New South Wales are registered with New South Wales Fair Trading Building and Development Certifiers.

In NSW, certified and council pool safety inspectors

  • inspect pools, spas and barriers, and
  • lodge the inspection and details with a certificate of compliance or certificate of non compliance through the NSW Swimming Pool Register

At a pool fence inspection, NSW pool safety inspectors inspect the

  • height of your pool and spa barriers
  • strength and rigidity of the pool and spa barriers
  • surrounds of the pool and spa area

Specifically, they inspect

  • trees and vegetation are not in the 900mm arc of the non-climbable zone
  • fences are at least 1800mm high with no more than 100mm gaps in between and under fences
  • gates are self-closing – except for AS 1926-1986 where the height minimum is 1200mm
  • uptodate CPR sign is in the vicinity of the pool

Who Does The NSWFT AS 1926.1 Apply To?

The NSWFT AS1926.1 swimming pool laws requires pools of NSW property owners and managers be

  • registered with the NSW Swimming Pool Register
  • responsible when tenants are occupying a premises with a pool to have a valid pool safety certificate
  • surrounded by child-resistant safety barriers separating the pool from any residential building or any place neighbouring the property
  • restricting access to the pool with self-closing doors and gates
  • surrounding fences designed, constructed, installed and maintained to comply with the Australian Standards.
  • featuring the correct signage, such as an up-to-date CPR sign or “pool under construction” signage permanently fixed within the vicinity of the pool
NSW local councils have the powers to enforce pool safety compliance and issue directions to get compliant and on-the-spot fines of up to $500 or penalties of up to $5,500 to non-compliant homeowners

When Do You Need A NSW Pool Fence Inspection?

In New South Wales, you need a pool fence inspection when

  • selling or leasing a property located in NSW with a swimming pool or spa
  • building a new swimming pool or spa on a property located in NSW
  • new fence is being built around an existing swimming pool or spa located in NSW
  • a property located in NSW with a pool or spa has been bought 90 days from settlement
  • running a family day care, home care or at-home child care facility located in NSW
  • requested by your bank applying for or refinancing your home loan
  • \directed by council


NSW pool safety compliance certificates need to be renewed every 3 years.

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