New South Wales New Pool Safety Laws

The New South Wales Government has passed a new law that requires all backyard swimming pools in the state to be registered. The new law is aimed at improving the safety of backyard pools in New South Wales, thus reducing the number of drowning incidents among children every year.

The Swimming Pools Amendment Act of 2012 establishes new standards concerning the sale and lease of properties with a swimming pool. The new law contains the following changes.

Registering Swimming Pools

Pool owners are required to register their swimming pools in an online swimming pool registry by 29 October 2013. The registry will accept registrations starting 29 April 2013. The registration requires pool owners to prove that their swimming pool meets all applicable safety laws.

Sale of Property with a Pool

Effective 29 April 2014, a valid certificate of compliance; or a valid occupation certification that permits the use of the swimming pool, accompanied by proof that the pool is entered in the online swimming pool registry, must be attached to the Contract for Sale, a legal document when a property with a swimming pool is being sold.

Lease of Property with Swimming Pool

Starting from 29 April 2014, the Residential Tenancy Agreement for the property with the swimming pool must include an official certificate of compliance, or a valid occupation certificate along with proof that the pool is entered in the online swimming pool registry. The tenant must also possess a copy of the certificate of compliance.

The pool owner can obtain the certificate of compliance after the pool has been inspected by the local council or private certifier. The certificate will be released if the pool barrier is shown to conform to the requirements of the new pool safety law. The certificate is effective for three years.

Pool owners should call pool safety inspection experts to ensure pool compliance. These experts use a simple but very dependable process to help pool owners secure their compliance certificates.

A checklist will be provided to guide pool owners in preparing the pool for inspection. These professionals will also handle the registration of the pool on behalf of the owner. The inspection will be thorough, giving special attention to the fences and gates to make sure they meet safety standards. Other areas around the pool such as trees, retaining walls and pavements will also be checked.

If the pool is found to be non-compliant, the pool safety inspector will issue a report detailing the safety lapses. The professional inspector will work with the owner until a pool compliance certificate is secured.