Council will only consider applications for exemptions in exceptional circumstances only in accordance with Section 22 of the Swimming Pools Act 1992. Exemptions will only be granted where it is impractical or unreasonable where the alternative requirement is no less effective than if the pool complied with Australian Standard
State legislation sets out the general requirements regarding the location of pool fencing. Exceptions currently exist for some pools based on age and location.
Exemptions to pool fencing requirements apply to the following pools, so long as the access to the pool (i.e. from the associated dwelling), is restricted in accordance with the exception outlined in the swimming pool regulation for the year the pool was built:
- pools constructed prior to 1 August 1990
- pools on waterfront properties constructed before 1 July 2010
- pools on properties smaller than 230-square-metres constructed before 1 July 2010
- pools on properties greater than two hectares or more constructed before 1 July 2010
Swimming pool barrier exceptions can only be applied for by the property owner. All correspondence will be issued to the property owner.
Here's how to apply for an exemption:
How to retain your swimming pool barrier exemption
To retain the exemption that was available when the pool was built, the pool barrier or means of access must continue to fully comply with the Australian Standard applicable at the time of installation, and be maintained in the exact same way as it was originally approved.
Swimming pool barrier and fencing exemptions will no longer apply if:
Access to a pool or pool barrier is substantially altered or rebuilt
When access to a pool or pool barrier is substantially altered or rebuilt (i.e. the swimming pool fence, door or window access from the dwelling to the pool is substantially changed from when it was approved), the entire swimming pool barrier must be upgraded to comply with the current legislation and Australian Standards.
Restricted access to a pool or pool barrier is not provided
Where a restricted means of access or pool barrier has not been provided (i.e. the doors or windows from the dwelling do not comply with the Australian Standards applicable when the pool was approved), then the exemption no longer applies and the entire pool barrier is required to be upgraded to comply with current standards.
Restricted access to a pool or pool barrier is not maintained or does not comply
Where the restricted means of access or pool barrier is not maintained or is not in accordance with the terms of the exemption, the exemption no longer applies and the access or pool barrier must comply with current standards. If you fence in a swimming pool voluntarily, even if it was not required by legislation when the pool was installed (it was exempt), the fencing must still meet current legislative requirements. By installing fencing, you are effectively removing the exemption. Once in place, the fence cannot be removed or altered to a lesser (older) standard.