New laws about swimming pool safety come into force from 29 April 2014.

Monday 28 Apr 2014

With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in New South Wales, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community. Supervising young children in and around swimming pools and developing water confidence through water familiarisation programs can save lives. Effective pool barriers also help keep young children safe.


What ’s new?
New laws about swimming pool safety come into force from 29 April 2014.


What do you need to do?
From 29 April 2014, all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool that are sold must have a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance. This includes any property with a swimming pool or spa pool that is on the market for lease at 29 April 2014.


What type of pool is included?
‘Swimming pools and spa pools’ includes in ground, above-ground, indoor, portable and other types of pools and spa pools that are capable of being filled to a depth of 300mm or more of water. Bathroom spas that are used as baths and emptied after use are not included.


Which pools does this apply to?
The new laws apply to swimming pools or spa pools associated with:
- Private houses, townhouses, units and other strata and community schemes, and moveable dwellings
- Hotels, motels and serviced apartments
- Backpackers’ accommodation
- Homestay, farm stay and bed and breakfast accommodation
- Other tourist and visitor accommodation (excluding
camping grounds, caravan parks and eco-tourist facilities).

 

For further information contact your local council.
To download all the fact sheets visit: bepoolsafe.com.au
To register your pool visit:
www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au

- NSW Government