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Pool Owner Responsibility

What is a Swimming Pool?

A swimming pool includes every excavation, structure or vessel:

(a) that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300 millimetres, and
(b) that is solely or principally used, or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely orprincipally used, for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity,and includes a spa pool, but does not include a spa bath, anything that is situated within a bathroomor anything declared by the regulations not to be a swimming pool for the purposes of this Act.

In the last 10 years:

  •  60 children have drowned in backyard swimming pools
  • 70 children have neurological damage as a result of immersion
  • 1000 children have been admitted to hospital as a result of immersion

If you are the owner of a swimming pool or spa you are required to maintain the barrier, ensuring that all gates or doors are kept securely closed and latched. A CPR chart is also required to bedisplayed within the pool enclosure in a prominent position.

The Royal Life Saving Society of NSW and Surf Life Saving NSW offers CRP Training. All supervising adults are encouraged to undertake CPR training.


Online Pool Register

If you are the owner of a swimming pool or spa you are required to register your swimming pool or spa on the state-wide register. Penalties will apply for failing to register.

For more information please visit:

Fast Fact: Enrol your kids in swimming lessons and make sure they learn to swim as early as possible. It’s an essential skill of living in Australia!