Is your swimming pool still legal?

If there’s one thing that completes the Australian dream of owning a home, it’s a swimming pool, writes Kevin Pobjie, owner of Wizard Home Improvements.

We’ve been combating the harsh Aussie heat with a backyard dip for decades. But did you know that if your pool was built before the end of 2014, it could now be illegal?

In New South Wales, private pool regulations changed on November 30, 2014. In Queensland they came into effect in 2010. So if your pool was put in before this, you might need to readdress your safety measures.

The rules in New South Wales

Compulsory registration

NSW pool owners are now required to register their pool. It doesn’t matter whether it was built in the 80s or just last month. You can register online here.

Compliance certificate

As of 29 April 2016, all pools in NSW are required to have a compliance certificate from the local council. Be mindful that your council may take weeks or even months to complete this, so ensuring you have yours ready before April 29 could save you time, money and a headache.

Child resistant fencing

The NSW Government is now stricter on the type of fencing used to protect a pool. There must be a child resistant barrier that separates the pool from your home, the street and any neighbouring properties. Fences must be at least 1200mm high and not climbable. Windows looking onto the pool need to be fitted with security screens that cannot be opened more than 100mm.See the full list of regulations for pools in NSW here.

The rules in Queensland

Compulsory registration

Compulsory registration has been a law in Queensland for some time, however pool owners are still failing to sign up. If you don’t register your pool, you could face a fine of $2000.

Compulsory CPR signage

These rules introduced in 2010 require all pools to have a step by step sign on how to perform CPR in the case of an emergency.

Fencing around portable pools and spas

Any pool, even if it’s portable, that can be filled more than 300mm needs to have a child resistant fence around it. Fences must be at least 1200mm high, and not climbable. Windows looking onto the pool need to be fitted with security screens that cannot be opened more than 100mm.See the full list of Queensland pool regulations here.

What are the rules in other Australian states?

If you don’t live in NSW or Queensland, you can find your local state regulations via these links.

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