Pool Fencing Laws

Statistical evidence shows that the majority of drownings in private swimming pools involves children under the age of 5 years. Inadequate pool fencing is a major contributing factor to drownings. Key pool safety requirements in NSW are outlined below.

Pool fencing laws

The requirements for child-resistant barriers vary depending on when the pool was built and where the pool is located.

There are 3 different Pool Safety Standards that apply in NSW, depending on when the pool was constructed:

  • AS 1926-1986, fences and gates for private swimming pools which applies to pools constructed prior to 30 August 2008
  • AS 1926.1 – 2007, swimming pool safety, Part 1 safety barriers for swimming pools which applies to pools constructed between 1 September 2008 to 30 April 2013
  • AS1926.1 – 2012, swimming pool safety, Part 1 safety barriers for swimming pools constructed after 1 May 2013

Pools built before 1 August 1990

Access to the pool from the house must be restricted at all times. Windows and doors may form part of the barrier, but they must be compliant.


Pools built after 1 August 1990 but before 1 July 2010

The pool must be surrounded by a fence that separates the pool from the house. Some exemptions apply if the pool is part of:

  • a very small property (less than 230 square metres)
  • a large property (2 hectares or over)
  • a waterfront property.

Pools built from 1 July 2010

All new pools must be surrounded by a fence that separates the pool from the house…

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