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Compliance Certificate Deadline Extended 

The NSW Government has today extended the Pool Barrier Compliance Certificate deadline for the lease or sale of property by 12 months to 29/4/15.

POOL REGISTER Deadline extended 

NEWS RELEASE 30 Oct 2013 

NSW SWIMMING POOL REGISTER Deadline extended to 19th November. 

The NSW Government has extended the deadline for swimming pool owners to compulsorily register their backyard pools and spas, in light of technical problems with the register's website. The registration deadline was midnight October 29 but technical difficulties prevented many residents from completing registration online in the past 48 hours.

SPASA Media Release - NSW Pool Register 

NEWS RELEASE

Please find attached an important announcement from the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance (SPASA) regarding the: NSW Swimming Pool Register

SPASA Media Release - NSW Pools Register SPASA Media Release - NSW Pools Register (388 KB)


Kind Regards

Spiros Dassakis - JP

Chief Executive Officer

NEW RULES FOR POOLS IN NSW 

NEW LAWS FOR POOLS IN NSW 
(Updated on 31/3/14)

The Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 commenced on 29 October 2012 and makes a number of amendments to the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

In summary, the Swimming Pools (Amendment) Act 2012 provides that:

1. NSW Swimming Pools Register be available for use by 29 April 2013.

2. NSW Swimming pools to be registered by owners by 29 October 2013.

3. Pool owners will require a compliance certificate before sale or lease of their property from 29 April 2015.

Information is provided below regarding the impact of these legislative amendments for pool owners and councils. Additional information about the staged implementation provisions is also provided below:

Pool Owners:

1. Swimming pool owners are required to register their swimming pools on an online register to be provided by the NSW State Government. Click here to register your pool

2. Swimming Pool owners will be required to self-assess, and state in the register that, to the best of their knowledge, their swimming pool complies with the applicable standard when registering their pool.

3. There is a penalty for owners who fail to register a swimming pool (penalty notice amount of $220).

4. Swimming pool owners will be required to provide a valid swimming pool compliance certificate before being able to sell or lease a property with a pool.

5. Accredited certifiers under the Building Professional Act 2005 may conduct swimming pool inspections initiated by the pool owner.

Councils:

1. Councils are required to:

a) Develop and implement a swimming pool barrier inspection program in consultation with their communities.

b) Report annually on the number of pool inspections undertaken and the level of compliance with the requirements.

c) Inspect pools associated with tourist and visitor accommodation and multi-occupancy developments at three year intervals.

d) At the request of a pool owner, inspect pools prior to sale or lease.

e) Issue compliance certificates after an inspection which finds a pool barrier compliant with the requirements of the legislation. Compliance certificates are valid for three years.

2. A swimming pool subject to an occupation certificate is exempt from an inspection program for three years from the date of issue of the occupation certificate.

3. Councils may inspect any swimming pool that is the subject of a complaint.

4. Council powers of entry will be consistent with the Local Government Act 1993.

5. Councils may charge a fee for each inspection undertaken (up to a maximum of $150 for the first inspection and $100 for one re-inspection resulting from the first inspection).

Call us for a free no obligation quote: 1300 311 950 

New legislation for pool fences 

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:

The Telegraph News Article - Armidale man charged with manslaughter for not having a pool fence 

The Telegraph reports "Armidale man charged with manslaughter after toddler drowns"

Police have charged a homeowner with manslaughter after a toddler from a neighbouring property drowned in his inadequately fenced backyard pool. Full article available here!

When does a fence need a handrail 

Changes to building regulations.

Changes to building regulations require a handrail or top rail be added to all glass pool fences or glass balustrades if there is a drop of one metre or more from floor level. For example if the balustrade is going on a veranda the floor of which is 1 metre or more higher than ground level, or a timber deck that is 1 metre or more higher than ground level.

SMH Press Article - Owners face big bills over falls from apartments 

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the potential financial risks

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the potential financial risks associated with liability for falls from height:

"It is just a matter of time before individual unit owners will be asked to pay multimillion-dollar damages if a child falls from their apartment building", the head of a strata industry body says.

Parents denied safety nets for children in high-rise, click for cull story.

Mark Lever, the CEO of industry body the Strata Community Association, said that while strata schemes were required to have at least $10 million in public liability insurance, damages payouts for severe injuries where a duty of care was owed could go much higher....................

SMH Full article here:

When do you require a Balustrade? 

When do you need a balustrade?

Although balustrades and railings are sometimes seen as decorative or architectural ornaments, they are in fact required on any opening where than is a drop of 1 meter or more!

Swimming Pool Fencing Requirements 

Swimming Pool Fencing Requirements?

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

The Queensland Government has introduced Australia’s toughest new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing the incidences of immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools. The following link provides an overview of the new laws:

Slips, Trips & Falls! 

Slips, Trips and Falls

Did you know that there are regulations for when you need a balustrade or a handrail? They are all designed to prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls (significant contributors to injuries in the home). Changes to the Building Codes are based on detailed studies, research and Risk Impact Studies.  It often takes several years for the process to run its course.  Right now there is a review underway considering changes to regulations concerning handrails and balustrades. Click here for details.

Please stay safe! 

Please Stay Safe

The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia reminds all parents to keep safety at the forefront of their minds as we approach the summer months. "Drowning deaths in 'swimming pools' was also up on the five year average by 35%".  Report available here Newspaper article here.

Home Pool Safety Checklist 

Pool Safety Check List.

Now is a great time to check your pool safety fence. A useful guide has been provided by the NSW government at http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/checklists This checklist is to be used as a guide only. For further advice on ensuring that your pool is fully compliant with the legislation you should contact your local council. Your local council can also inspect your pool and issue a compliance certificate if your pool is compliant with the legislation. Councils may charge a fee for this.