On 29 October 2012, the Swimming Pools (Amendment) Act 2012 commenced and made a number of amendments to the Swimming Pools Act 1992. Information is provided below regarding the impact of these legislative amendments for pool owners.
Swimming pool owners are required to register their swimming pools on an online register provided by the NSW State Government. This register is available and can be accessed on www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
If you have any concerns about your pool safety or require assistance with the on-line registration please contact the Executive Assistant Planning and Environmental Services during office hours at Council’s Administration Building on 02 6836 5888.
A ‘Home Swimming Pool Safety Checklist’ can be downloaded from the link below. Council encourages you to carry out a check of the barrier surrounding your swimming pool by completing the checklist. Should you answer ‘no’ to any of questions of the checklist you should address the non-compliance as a matter of urgency.
At your request, Council staff can conduct an inspection to determine whether your pool meets the requirements of the Act. Council can grant you a certificate of compliance (cost is according to Council’s Fees & Charges) if your swimming pool complies with the requirements of the Act. If your pool does not comply, then Council staff will advise you of the steps you need to take so that it does comply.
In addition to the inspections requested by swimming pool owners, Council staff undertake random inspections of registered swimming pools within the Shire to audit them for compliance with the relevant standards.
While fencing may assist in reducing drowning’s in backyard pools, the most effective way to prevent drowning or near-drowning is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible adult. Children should also be taught to swim from an early age and adults should undertake training in resuscitation techniques for use in an emergency situation.
Self Assessment Checklists for your swimming pool are available to help you with any safety or compliance questions you may have.
For further information you may contact Council’s Planning and Environmental Services Department on (02) 6836 5888. Important information relating to backyard swimming pools can also be found on the Division of Local Governments website at http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/