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