Prefabricated and inflatable pools capable of being filled with water to a depth 300mm or more may require approval but more importantly, require child-resistant barriers to prevent access to the pool by children.
Swimming pools must be separated from a residential dwelling by a child resistant barrier.
From 1 July 2010, swimming pools located on properties which are waterfront, on land over 2 hectares or on very small properties (230m2 or less) can no longer use the automatic exemptions from the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (Act).
Previously, pools located on the abovementioned properties could use the dwelling as the swimming pool barrier. This required all doors and windows from the dwelling to be made child resistant in accordance with the Australian Standard. Existing exempt properties may continue to use the exemption but only if the barrier is continuously kept compliant with the Australian Standard. If the barrier is found to be non-compliant, the Council may remove the old exemption and require compliance with the current Australian Standard.
For swimming pools constructed or completed before 1 September 2008, the barrier must comply with Australian Standard 1926~1986 'Fences and gates for private swimming pools'.
Swimming pools that commenced construction from 1 September 2008, must have a barrier that complies with Australian Standard 1926.1~2007 'Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools'.
Hard copies of the Australian Standard AS1926.1-2007 "Swimming pool safety, Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools" are available at Council's administration buildings. Please note due to copyright restrictions, copies of the documents are unable to be made.
Pool fencing must comply with AS1926.1-2007. Some of the requirements are:
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