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NSW Government Announces New Laws for Pool Fencing.

The new laws covering the NSW 340,000 backyard swimming pools will include a compulsory new Statewide register; certification of pools as compliant; mandatory inspections before a property with a pool can be sold or leased; and mandatory periodic inspection of pools associated with tourist accommodation and unit blocks.

The new laws - which were developed after extensive consultation with councils, water safety advocates, pool owners, State agencies and industry organisations - will:


  • Require that any property with a swimming pool must be inspected and registered as compliant before that property can be sold or leased from 29/4/15.
  • Establish a new offence for failing to register a swimming pool ($250 fine to a maximum penalty $2200). 
  • Require pool owners to self-register free-of-charge on a Statewide, online register and certify to the best of their knowledge that their pool barrier complies with the legislation. 
  • Require councils to develop a locally appropriate and affordable inspection program in consultation with communities. 
  • Require mandatory, periodic inspections of pools associated with tourist and visitor accommodation and unit blocks. 
  • Clarify that, where an existing swimming pool that is exempt from the Act’s fencing requirements is fenced voluntarily, the new fencing must meet the Act’s requirements for a compliant, four-sided barrier and the exemption will be removed. 

Pool owners have to register and self-certify their pools and compliant with current regulations.

 

The following links can be used to obtain further information in relation to the swimming pool fencing requirements that apply to NSW properties: