Updated Swimming Pool Requirements

The department of Fair Trading, which oversees how swimming pool legislation is being implemented, have over the last 6 months highlighted and expanded the requirements for all residential pools in NSW.

Previously, an older pool might have been allowed to be inspected and checked against older sections of legislation.  That is no longer the case.

Now, any pool that is in the local government (LGA) is required to be assessed under the current relevant legislation, unless there is written evidence and proof that the pool complied with and continued to comply with the previous legislation AT ALL TIMES. That’s a much harder burden of proof.

Accordingly, the swimming pools Pro Active Inspection program (introduced several years ago as required by the Act) has been amended to achieve those updated requirements.

All Pools must now comply with AS 1926.1-2012 (and 2018)

A quick showing of some of the general requirements of the Act are as follows.

The below, are just some examples of the requirements.

All the below extracts are copyright to Australian Standards.

Location of pool barriers in residential properties


NB No other buildings or items not related directly to the pool operations are permitted inside the pool barrier. E.g. Cabanas with BBQ, cooking facilities etc. areas inside are considered not related and need to be separated by a delineating pool barrier 








In addition to the above, there are requirements that no item can be built within 500mm of the outside pool barrier OR the INSIDE of the boundary barrier.







NB: the 1500mm is measured to the bottom of the lifter latch.




The Council Swimming Pool Inspector will be contacting residents over the next period and helping to advise all residents who have pools on their property to bring the pool barriers up to the required standards.

If you have any questions, please contact Council's Swimming Pool Inspector by email at Council@burwood.nsw.gov.au  

Subject – Att. Swimming Pool Inspector – Bob Rona