The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and some relocatable pools.

If you are not sure whether the water-holding vessel you have on your property is a pool or spa that must be registered, contact us and we can help you decide.

Why is compliance important?

If you do not register your pool or spa, or provide the required certificate of barrier compliance, you may face large council fines. Inspection and certification ensures your pool or spa meets the required safety standards for preventing drowning. The standards are designed to prevent children from accessing the pool or spa area when they are not supposed to.

The standards relate to features such as:

  • Gates (including whether they are self-closing and self-latching)
  • Height and type of safety barrier
  • Size of gap under the safety barrier
  • Objects near the safety barrier that can be climbed
  • Windows which open into the pool or spa area

We specialise in all the specifics of the standards, and how you can meet them.

Further information

If you would like further information regarding pool and spa registration including your legal obligations, deadlines, penalties, information for tenants and property agents etc please click here.

For further information detailing when a barrier is and isn’t required, click here.

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


    Type of pool/spa

    Has the pool/spa been registered with Council?