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Swimming PoolPools can be great fun but they have the potential to be a tragedy. Council has your safety in mind and wants you to enjoy your pool.

Drowning of young children can happen quickly and silently. When using a swimming pool, children should always be supervised. Young children should be taught to float and swim at the earliest possible age.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has been conducting a swimming pool safety inspection program since 1996. The purpose of the program is to carry out safety inspections on all domestic pools within the City to ensure fencing is provided around pools in accordance with state legislation.

Pool users should be aware that if there is a death or injury in a pool, legal liability may fall on the person responsible for the pool at the time, even if a safety fence is installed.

Click here for pool fencing requirements, including physical measurements and information on the non-climbable zone.

Click here for inflatable swimming pools safety guidelines. 

How to Register your Swimming Pool or Spa

With recent changes to the Swimming Pools Act 1992, all swimming pools and spa pools in New South Wales are now required to be registered online. This can be done free of charge at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.


Compliance Certificates

The Swimming Pools Act 1992 now requires any property with a spa or pool that is sold or leased in New South Wales to have a current Compliance Certificate. Compliance Certificates are valid for a three year period beginning from the date the pool was inspected and found to be compliant.

Compliance inspections can be undertaken by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council or Private Certifiers that are approved by the Building Professionals Board.

To organise for Council to undertaken a compliance certificate inspection you will need to fill out the following application and return it to Council and pre-pay for the inspection fee. The cost of a Compliance Certificate inspection can be found in Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Download the Application for Compliance Inspection form here.


Free Advisory Inspections

Council offers free advisory inspections year round. These inspections are a great way to find out if there are any problems you need to fix and they won’t cost you a cent.

To book a free advisory pool fencing inspection please contact Council’s Environment and Health team on (02) 6285 6246.


Does this relate to me?

Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 the owner of a swimming pool has the responsibility to ensure that the pool is at all times surrounded by a complying child-resistant pool safety barrier.

Pool safety barriers must be maintained in a good state of repair as an effective and safe barrier restricting access to the pool.


What is pool safety?

Pool safety is a system of child-resistant barriers that restrict access to the pool area by children. Two factors are consistently identified with pool drownings and near drownings; access to the pool and adult supervision.

If access to the pool is restricted and maintained the child is more likely to be supervised as someone has to let the child into the pool area.

"It is a sad fact that for every drowning death victim there are three to four near drowning survivors and that over 22% of near drowning victims are left with severe or persisting consequences." Samuel Morris Foundation Director, Michael Morris.


Why is pool safety important?

With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community. In NSW, private or ‘backyard’ swimming pool safety is legislated by the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008.

Home swimming pools are the most dangerous aquatic location for children under five with swimming pools accounting for 60% of drownings in this age group.

If you own a pool or rent a property with a pool, you have a direct impact on pool safety. You are part of the Action Plan for Pool Safety.


What can I do?

  • Check there are adequate pool safety barriers in place separating the pool from the residence, adjoining properties and the neighbourhood.
  • Are these barriers compliant with current legislation?
  • Ensure all of the pool safety barriers are maintained and operating eg check gates are self-closing and self-latching.
  • Supervise children when using the swimming pool.
  • Make sure pool gates are kept closed at all times.
  • Keep articles, objects and structures at least 900mm clear of the pool fence at all times, eg chairs, pot plants.

Additional Information

The relevant legislative documents for pool safety are:

Copies of all of these documents can be found at Council's Environment, Planning and Development Service counter.

Information on water safety when around swimming pools and resuscitation:

Additional information can be obtained from Council's Environment, Planning and Development Section on 02 6285 6246.