Swimming Pools

The purpose of a child safety barrier around a swimming pool or spa is to prevent young children from accessing the pool or spa area without adult supervision. Without a properly installed and maintained barrier, young children are at risk of drowning or serious injury if they fall into the water.  

The Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW) and Swimming Pool Regulations are the primary legislation governing swimming pools in New South Wales. The Act requires that all swimming pools and spa pools be registered with the local council and that they meet certain safety requirements. These safety requirements are outlined in the Australian Standards for Swimming Pool Safety (AS1926).  

Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW), the responsibility for the safety and maintenance of a swimming pool lies with the landowner or occupier of the property on which the pool is located. This includes ensuring that the pool is registered, compliant with relevant safety standards, and that barriers and fencing are properly maintained. 

Landlords are responsible for ensuring that any pool or spa on their rental property meets the necessary safety requirements and that tenants are informed of their obligations regarding pool safety. 

Council has a role in regulating swimming pools, conducting inspections of swimming pools to ensure compliance with safety regulations. 

The Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW) sets out the following; 

  • Spas are considered to be a type of swimming pool under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW) and are subject to the same registration and safety requirements as swimming pools. 
  • Pools located within dwellings must have a child-resistant barrier in accordance with the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW). The barrier must comply with the relevant Australian Standards for swimming pool safety and be maintained in good condition.

All spas and swimming pools must be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register and obtain a Certificate of Compliance from Council or private swimming pool Certifier every three (3) years.  

For more information regarding Swimming Pool registration, please visit the NSW Swimming Pool Register. For any compliance or general pool enquiries, please contact Council on 02 9911 3555 or service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.