Pool Fencing Requirements

AS 1926-2007 Swimming pool safety – Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools

AS 1926.1 -2007 may be accessed online at local libraries or a hard copy is available to view during business hours at Council’s Customer Service Centre at 40 Cherry Street, Ballina.

A copy of the standard may be purchased from SAI Global via the Standards Australia website at www.standards.org.au

AS 1926-2007 Swimming pool safety – Part 2: Location of safety barriers for swimming pools

AS 1926.2 -2007 may be accessed online at local libraries or a hard copy is available to view during business hours at Council’s Customer Service Centre at 40 Cherry Street, Ballina.

A copy of the standard may be purchased from SAI Global via the Standards Australia website at www.standards.org.au

Good Design Principles & Guidelines

The distance of the barrier from the pool should take into consideration a safety margin sufficient to discourage diving and jumping from the barrier into the pool. The barrier should be located to enable adult supervision from within the pool area. Whenever a young child is inside a pool area, constant supervision is essential.

Where possible, tool sheds, garages, barbecues and clotheslines should be located outside the pool area to reduce the likelihood of self-closing gates being propped open in order to gain access.

The type of barrier and location of the pool within the property should permit viewing through or over the barrier so that the pool area may be directly viewed from commonly used areas of the building or yard.

The location of a barrier should be related to the need for protection and should take into account all the circumstances of the particular site. Most drowning victims in private pools are under the age of five years and are residents or invited visitors.

Most children who drown in a pool protected by a barrier gain access through a gate or doorset. It is important that all access points be maintained to ensure they are operating correctly at all times.

Non-Climbable Zone
Generally, all pools must be surrounded by a pool barrier with an effective height of at least 1200mm. The barrier must have a non-climbable zone at least 900mm high on the outside of the fence and no climbable objects within 900mm of the fence.

Boundary Fences
Boundary fences that form part of the pool barrier are to have an effective height of 1.8m and include a non-climbable zone in accordance with AS 1926.1.

Above Ground Pools
Under the regulations, above ground pools are not permitted to be erected unless they are surrounded by a separate barrier of the required height with a non-climbable zone in accordance with AS 1926.1.

Portable Pools
Some portable or inflatable pools may not require fencing. See Building a New Pool for further information.

Home Checklist
To assist you in ensuring your pool barrier is compliant with the required standards, the following link provides a brief checklist of essential matters in relation to pool fencing.

If you are not able to answer yes to all of the relevant questions it is likely that your pool does not comply with the current standards.

Further Information

Please contact Council's Development and Environmental Health section, ph 02 6686 1415.

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