NSW Checklist

POOLS BUILT OR INSTALLED BEFORE 1/09/2008

  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1200mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm 
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm or the windows must be totally covered by bars or a metal screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

POOLS BUILT OR INSTALLED BETWEEN 1/09/2008 & 30/04/2013

  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate 
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm or the windows must be totally covered by bars or a metal screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

POOLS BUILT OR INSTALLED AFTER 1/05/2013

  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate 
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm or the windows must be totally covered by bars or a metal screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

PORTABLE/INFLATABLE POOLS

  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate 
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm or the windows must be totally covered by bars or a metal screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

SWIMMING POOLS ON A SMALL PROPERTY 230 SQUARE METRES OR LESS

Swimming Pools built/installed with door and window as barrier before 1 July 2010.

  • There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above floor level on every door entering the pool area
  • There are no pet doors or openings to the pool area greater than 100mm
  • The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm OR
    The windows are totally covered by bars or a metal screen OR
    The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor

Swimming Pools built/installed with a Pool fence
Swimming Pools built/installed after 1 July 2010

  • The swimming pool has a child-resistant barrier separating the pool from the house
  • The outside of the pool fence is at least 1200mm high all the way around
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence;
    • For pools built before 1 September 2008 - it must be at least 1200mm high
    • For pool built after 1 September 2008 – it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • All vertical or near-vertical rails on the fence are less than 100mm apart
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes are 13mm or less
  • The pool fence is well-maintained and in a good state of repair (eg, it has no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate swings freely, and closes and latches by itself from any position
  • The gate latch is working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate opens outwards, away from the pool area
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below
    the top of the gate
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open. 
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

SWIMMING POOLS ON A PROPERTY 2 HECTARES OR LARGER

Swimming Pools built/installed with door and window as barrier before 1 July 2010.

  • There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above floor level on every door entering the pool area
  • There are no pet doors or openings to the pool area greater than 100mm
  • The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm OR
    The windows are totally covered by bars or a metal screen OR
    The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor

Swimming Pools built/installed with a Pool fence
Swimming Pools built/installed after 1 July 2010

  • The swimming pool has a child-resistant barrier separating the pool from the house
  • The outside of the pool fence is at least 1200mm high all the way around
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence;
    • For pools built before 1 September 2008 - it must be at least 1200mm high
    • For pool built after 1 September 2008 – it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • All vertical or near-vertical rails on the fence are less than 100mm apart
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes are 13mm or less
  • The pool fence is well-maintained and in a good state of repair (eg, it has no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate swings freely, and closes and latches by itself from any position
  • The gate latch is working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate opens outwards, away from the pool area
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below
    the top of the gate
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open. 
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

Swimming Pools built/installed with door and window as barrier before 1 July 2010.

  • There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above floor level on every door entering the pool area
  • There are no pet doors or openings to the pool area greater than 100mm
  • The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm OR
    The windows are totally covered by bars or a metal screen OR
    The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor

Swimming Pools built/installed with a Pool fence
Swimming Pools built/installed after 1 July 2010

  • The swimming pool has a child-resistant barrier separating the pool from the house
  • The outside of the pool fence is at least 1200mm high all the way around
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence;
    • For pools built before 1 September 2008 - it must be at least 1200mm high
    • For pool built after 1 September 2008 – it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • All vertical or near-vertical rails on the fence are less than 100mm apart
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes are 13mm or less
  • The pool fence is well-maintained and in a good state of repair (eg, it has no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate swings freely, and closes and latches by itself from any position
  • The gate latch is working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate opens outwards, away from the pool area
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below
    the top of the gate
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open. 
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

INDOOR POOLS

  • The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm OR
    The windows are totally covered by bars or a metal screen OR
    The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor 
  • There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above floor level
  • Doors open away from the pool area and are self-latching
  • There are no pet doors or openings greater than 100mm
  • There are no wall openings greater than 100mm
  • There is an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres

SPAS

The spa has a lockable lid

  • The spa is covered by a child-resistant lockable lid
  • There is an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres

The spa is enclosed by a pool fence and gate

  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence;
    • For pools built before 1 September 2008 - it must be at least 1200mm high
    • For pool built after 1 September 2008 – it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • All vertical or near-vertical rails on the fence are less than 100mm apart
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes are 13mm or less
  • The pool fence is well-maintained and in a good state of repair (eg, it has no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate swings freely, and closes and latches by itself from any position
  • The gate latch is working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate opens outwards, away from the pool area
  • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below
    the top of the gate
  • Are you aware that it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open. 
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence