Did you know that pool owners must register their swimming pool by 29 October 2013?
Pool owners can register their backyard swimming pools online – registration is free. Swimming pool owners must register their pool by 29 October 2013. If they don’t register by this date, they risk being fined up to $2200.
Following extensive consultation with councils, water safety advocates, pool owners, state agencies, and industry organisations, the NSW Government passed the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 late last year. The Act is aimed at improving compliance with pool barrier requirements, and by so doing increasing the safety of backyard pools and reducing the number of child drownings.
The NSW Government has set up an online swimming pool register, and all pool owners must enter their swimming pool on this register. When registering, pool owners are required to indicate that to the best of their knowledge their swimming pool complies with the applicable safety standards.
Your pool can generally be inspected in the following circumstances:
- when the inspection is compulsory because of the property type (ie multi-occupancy or tourist and visitor accommodation).
- as part of a council’s locally adopted inspection program.
- before your property can be sold or leased (Note: this only applies from 29 April 2014).
- at your request.
A council officer will contact you and make an appointment to inspect your pool if you are subject to either 1 or 2 above.
You will need to engage a private pool certifier or your local council if you require a pool compliance certificate for either 3 or 4 above.