Pool fencing requirements – Wagga Wagga City Council

In line with legislation, outdoor swimming pools must be enclosed by a fence that acts as a child-resistant barrier.
According to the Swimming Pools Act 1992, outdoor swimming pools must be surrounded by a fence that acts as a child-proof barrier. The perimeter fence must separate the pool from the residences in the area and from neighboring or private properties.
The fence must be designed, constructed, installed, and maintained under Australian Standard AS1926.1-2012 – Swimming pool safety fences.
NOTE: This is not a complete list of requirements. Please refer to the Australian Standard for detailed legislation and requirements. There are provisions for older swimming pools to comply with older versions of the Standards.



To prevent children from climbing over fencing into the pool area, the laws require pool owners to make sure they maintain a ‘non-climbable zone’ around the pool.

If you have a door that forms part of a pool barrier you must make sure that:


If you have windows that form part of a pool barrier, they must have:


Check to ensure that your pool gate:




Appropriate and clear warning signs must be attached to the pool fence and gate.
In case of an emergency, the law requires that you have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign displayed near your pool. The sign must be in good condition and able to be read easily from 3 meters.
Examples:


All fence bolts, screws, and fasteners must be tight and in good order. Any loose bolts, screws, and fasteners should be tightened or replaced. Self-closing gate hinges, locks and latches should be sprayed with lubricating oil or silicone.
Manufacturers of the pool fence and gate should provide written instructions on how to maintain your pool fence and gate. This may include the regular replacement of springs and regular spraying of self-closing gate hinges, locks, and latches with lubricating oil or silicone. Proper maintenance can help to prevent many of the faults relating to self-closing and self-latching gates.
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