What you need to know about the NSW swimming pool register
Pool ownership in Australia comes with important responsibilities. With drowning the leading cause of preventable death in kids under five in 2012, the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and relevant regulations and standards were adjusted with safety improvements in mind. It’s mandatory for all NSW property owners to register their spa pool or swimming pool on the NSW swimming pool register and it’s easy to do.
How to register your pool on the NSW swimming pool register
Registering your pool is free of charge. The NSW swimming pool register website www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au has a helpful “how to register” tutorial and pool safety checklists to help you assess your spa pool or swimming pool’s compliance.
You may also ask your local council to register your pool on the NSW swimming pool register on your behalf. This may incur a fee of up to $10.
What you need to know to register your pool
1. The address as it appears on your council rates notice
2. The property type, e.g. private residence, multi-occupancy or visitor accommodation
3. Property size and position – is it waterfront, or on land exceeding 2HA or smaller than 230m2?
4. When the spa/pool was built (approx range)
5. Whether there has been significant modifications to the pool barrier and if so, when that modification or rebuild occurred.
It is the pool owner’s legal obligation to maintain the safety of their pool area. While the NSW government provides the legislative framework to try and guarantee high standards of pool barrier fencing, the ultimate responsibility lies with the owner. Take the time to go over the checklists relevant to your pool on the NSW swimming pool register website to ensure it meets relevant requirements. There is no fine if you get the assessment wrong, as it’s a self-assessment. We recommend you also browse the additional legislative requirements that are in place from 29th April 2016 if you plan to build a new pool or wish to lease or sell your property.