Any pool that was constructed after 1 August 1990 must be provided with a child resistant barrier such as a pool fence which complies with the requirements of Australian Standard 1926.
A pool is defined under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 as:
an excavation, structure or vessel:
- that is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300 millimetres or more; and
- that is solely or principally used, or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely or principally used, for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or other human aquatic activity,
- and includes a spa pool, but does not include a spa bath, anything that is situated within a bathroom or anything declared by the regulation not to be a swimming pool for the purposes of this Act
- Approval is required prior to the construction or installation of any new swimming pool or spa.
Council's Swimming Pool Guidelines provides a summary of the requirements for both new and existing pools and can be found to the right.