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Published on January 29th, 2015

New Pool Rules

New Swimming Pool Safety Laws – a message from Royal Life Saving Society

Over the last 10 years 60 children have drowned in backyard swimming pools.

With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in New South Wales, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community. Supervising young children in and around swimming pools and developing water confidence through water familiarisation programs can save lives. Effective pool barriers also help keep young children safe.


New laws about swimming pool safety come into force from 29 April 2015.

What do you need to do?

From 29 April 2015, all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool that are sold or leased must have a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance. This includes any property with a swimming pool or spa pool that is on the market for sale or lease at 29 April 2015.

An occupation certificate for the pool that is less than three years old may be used in lieu of a compliance certificate.

To obtain a compliance certificate, the property owner must arrange for the swimming pool or spa to be inspected by the local council or a private certifier.

Don’t Leave it until the last moment

Anecdotal evidence suggests that around 95% of pools fail at the first inspection. Councils advise that it can take up to 90 days before they can issue a certificate of compliance, mainly due to the unavailability of qualified contractors to make any needed repairs or remediation work.

So to avoid any unnecessary delays in selling or leasing a property, we strongly urge those contemplating selling or leasing to obtain a compliance certificate now.

Royal Life Saving will place ads in the Sydney Morning Herald, Regional newspapers, Real Estate Journal and online real estate sites. We will also conduct a broad media campaign and circulate community service announcements. We have also supplied a range of resources to councils.


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