Your responsibility as a pool owner

People who have a pool are responsible for ensuring that pool safety barriers, such as fencing and gates, are installed, operated and maintained to the Australian Standard.

You must also ensure that any gates or doors providing access to the pool area are kept closed at all times.

People who have a pool are responsible for ensuring that pool safety barriers, such as fencing and gates, are installed, operated and maintained to the Australian Standard. You must also ensure that any gates or doors providing access to the pool area are kept closed at all times. Please refer to our Home Swimming Pool Safety Checklist to assist you.

All pool owners were required to register their pool in a state wide Swimming Pool Register by 19 November 2013. Owners who failed to register their pool may be issued a penalty of $220. You can register your pool by visiting the State Government's Swimming Pool Register.

As part of the new law, all swimming pools must be inspected as part of Council's Swimming Pool Safety Inspection Program. When the pool complies, homeowners will receive a Compliance Certificate, valid for three years.

If you are unsure if your pool barrier complies, you may wish to apply for a swimming pool Compliance Certificate. A Council officer will inspect the pool and provide details of any issues of non-compliance. Once these issues have been rectified and a second inspection is conducted, a Compliance Certificate will be issued and will remain valid for three years.

A pool with a valid Compliance Certificate or Occupation Certificate is not required to be inspected as part of Council's Inspection Program. You may apply to Council or any accredited certifier for a swimming pool Compliance Certificate.

We anticipate that every swimming pool in Lake Macquarie City will be inspected over the next five to ten years.

Page last updated: 17 January 2017