It has not been very well publicised, but from 29 October 2013,
all private swimming pool owners must register their pools with
their local council. If pool owners fail to do so, they may be
fined up to $220. The rationale for this change in the law is to
ensure that all pool fencing is safe and compliant, and will ensure
that kids are not able to access swimming pools without the proper
supervision of an adult.
Once your pool has been registered, the local council must come
out and inspect the pool periodically and give you an updated
certificate of compliance. These certificates of compliance are
also required whenever you plan to sell or lease your home. Whether
you live in a stand alone house, or live in a block of units with a
communal swimming pool, a compliance certificate must be attached
to the Contract for the Sale of Land. In the case of a block of
units, the owner's corporation must obtain the compliance
certificate. If the compliance certificates are not attached to the
Contract for the Sale of Land, then the proposed purchaser may
rescind the contract and avoid the transaction. Given this, it is
vitally important for you to maintain the security around your
pool, and ensure that all of your pool fencing is compliant with
From 29 October 2013, there are also the following obligations
on the local council which you should be aware of:
The council must organise a pool barrier inspection program for
their local area;
The council must investigate any individual complaints about
pool fences. In this regard, it is important to remain vigilant
with not only your own pool, but those belonging to neighbours and
friends. It is much better for a problem to be fixed before any
accidents happen; and
The issuing of compliance certificates, which are valid for 3
years after their issue.
Given the above changes to the Swimming Pool Act, and the affect
it can have on your family and friends, it is most important to
register your pool before 29 October 2013. You will not only be
abiding by the law, but you will have the peace of mind that your
pool fencing is compliant with Australian standards.
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