Swimming Pools & Spas Safety
In Australia, drowning is still a major cause of death in young children under 5. In NSW swimming pool safety is legislated by the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008.
A swimming pool is defined as; being capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300 millimetres or more including portable inflatable and spa pools.
All swimming pools that are capable of being filled with 300 mm of water must be at all times surrounded by a child-resistant barrier. Inflatable / portable pools are not exempt and must comply with swimming pool laws.
A spa pool is not required to be surrounded by a child-resistant barrier so long as access to the water is restricted with a child resistant barrier which is secured by a lockable child-safe structure.
Under the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012, all swimming pool owners are required to register their pool on the state-wide online Swimming Pool register at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children who lack the cognitive and water skills to deal with the danger. With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community.
To register a pool, pool owners will need to know:
To access the safety of your pool and to ensure it meets relevant requirements, download a checklist here
For more information phone Camden Council on 4654 7777.
Camden Council's Swimming Pool Inspection Program
Recent amendments to the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 require Council to develop a Swimming Pool Inspection Program in consultation with the community.
Camden Council adopted the Swimming Pool Inspection Program on Tuesday 8 October 2013. A copy of the program can be found here.
Prior to Council Officers inspecting swimming pools, owners must complete the Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance.
For more information phone 4654 7777 or visit
The Australian Resuscitation Council website