For Australian children aged 5 years and under, drowning has been identified as one of the major causes of accidental death.   12 Australian children between the ages of 0 and 4 drowned in 2019/20 according to the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report. 50% of these accidents took place in swimming pools.


Safety barriers are crucial to reducing the risk of drowning accidents, however, evidence has found that many of the drowning incidents occurred because of barriers that were not compliant with Australian standards.

For more information, please visit kidsafe.com.au or https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/facts-and-figures/research-and-reports/drowning-reports


New laws were implemented to improve the swimming pool and spa safety from the 1st of December 2019. New registration, inspection, and certificate requirements have been introduced for property owners.


For further up to date information, visit the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia Ltd and the Pool and Spa Association Ltd New Zealand (SPASA)


Prior to a formal inspection, maximise your chances of success!!


You can conduct a self-assessment prior to a formal inspection.

The following checklists will help you assess the safety of your barrier. The checklists are based on the relevant barrier standard associated with the date that the pool or spa was installed.

  • Checklist 1 (for pools and spas installed before 8 April 1991) (PDF, 674.37 KB) 

  • Checklist 2 (for pools and spas installed between 8 April 1991 and 30 April 2010) (PDF, 595.22 KB)

  • Checklist 3 (for pools and spas installed from 1 May 2010) (PDF, 3341.21 KB)


Please note: if you are having any work done on an existing safety barrier, a building permit may need to be issued to alter the barrier. Work to alter an existing barrier will need to comply with the current Regulations. Check with your local council or building surveyor for advice.


Swimming pool & spa owners must ensure they have a compliant safety barrier in accordance with the legislation and relevant Australian Standards

​Owners must also ensure their swimming pool and/or spa is registered with their local council.

This applies to permanent and relocatable pools and spas.  This also applies to inflatable pools capable of holding a depth of water greater than 300 mm.

​The obligations for legislative compliance rests on the pool owner.

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