Public swimming pools and spas

Swimming pools and spas not adequately disinfected and cleaned can provide for the transmission of infections. 

Public pools and spas must be regularly tested by operators to ensure adequate disinfection and water conditions meet standards for the health and wellbeing of users.

Healthy swimming

When using pools, you can help by following these steps:

  • Shower and wash thoroughly before entering the pool
  • Don’t swallow pool water
  • Stay out of the water if you have an open wound (for example, from surgery or a piercing) that's not covered by a waterproof bandage
  • Don’t swim if you have had diarrhoea

If you have concerns about the safety of a public swimming pool or spa, please report it to our customer service team.

Occupier of a premise with a public pool or spa must ensure they are operated and maintained in accordance with the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2022

Registration and inspection

Premises with a public swimming pool (including children’s splash pools) or spa in the Cessnock local government area must be registered with Cessnock City Council.

To register your pool or spa venue please complete a Notification of Public Swimming Pool/Spa Form.(PDF, 273KB)

Council conducts regular inspections of public swimming pools or spas as part of our routine inspection program.