Pool safety

Drowning is one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five. Each year on average 10 children under five drown in backyard swimming pools and many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with near-drowning experiences.

  • Be Pool Safe - register your pool at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
  • Fence your pool or spa with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Ensure the fence is secure and in good working order
  • Actively supervise your child by focusing all of your attention on them when they are in, on or around the water
  • During parties or gatherings by the pool, nominate a designated child supervisor and rotate the supervision responsibilities regularly.

Legislation

The Swimming Pool Act was amended on 20 October 2012 to address concerns about the high rate of non-compliance with swimming pool barriers requirements.

The Legislation addresses where swimming pools are, educate pool owners about pool safety, and enable inspections to be carried out to ensure that pools, particularly those that pose the highest risk to children, are made safe.

More information on the Legislation

Swimming pool register

Targeting pool safety messages and inspection requires councils to know where pools are located in the community. Although a number of councils already hold this information, many do not. The amendments to the Act therefore require pool owners to self-register their pool, free of charge, on a statewide online register.

Pool owners can register their backyard swimming pools online at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au .

Registration is free. There may be a penalty applied to owners who fail to register a swimming pool by 29th October 2013.

More information on the Swimming pool register

Pool barrier checklists

A range of Pool Inspection Assessment Checklists have been created for pool owners to useto give you an indication about whether or not your pool barrier meets the requirements in NSW. These include Indoor pools, Spa pools, Outdoor pools, and Portable pools.

More information on the Pool Inspection Self-Assessment Checklists

Fact sheets

A range of pool safety fact sheets are available on the Royal Life Saving website:

  • NSW Swimming Pool Register - information on the NSW Swimming Pool Register
  • Swimming Pool Supervision - supervision and the most effective ways to supervise
  • Restricting Access - restricting access and the benefits of pool fencing and Child Safe Play Areas
  • Water Awareness - including the importance of water familiarisation and setting rules around water for young children
  • Resuscitation - the importance of resuscitation, where to learn and the legal implications

More information on the Pool Safety Fact Sheets from Royal Life Saving