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Pool fencing and safety
You must, by law, have a four-sided fence around any pool or spa that can be filled with more than 300mm of water. This includes inflatable and portable swimming pools.

One of the main reasons for children drowning in pools is because of faulty pool fencing, which is against the law. Protect children by checking the swimming pool fence for faults, particularly in the months leading up to summer.

The Swimming Pools Act 1992 requires the owner of premises on which a swimming pool is located to ensure that the pool is at all times surrounded by an approved child resistant barrier.

Please note that AS1926.1-2012 provides technical information on the design and construction of swimming pool fencing. Hard copies of this Standard are available for inspection at Council's Customer Service Centre.

Inflatable pools
Council has noticed a significant increase in the numbers of inflatable swimming pools. Inflatable pools are low cost and easy to set up. Unfortunately, many home owners do not understand that any inflatable pool capable of being filled with 300mm of water or more require a four-sided fence. This will significantly increase the cost of installing an inflatable pool and must therefore be considered prior to making your purchase.

Six simple tips on how to maintain your pool fence

As a pool owner you are responsible for the ensuring the safety of children in your home and neighbourhood. Summer is the time when more people are enjoying their swimming pools and tragically this is when more drowning incidents occur.

The following tips are recommended to help you maintain your pool fence:

  • Regularly check that the gate self closes and self-latches;
  • Regularly check and adjust the latching device as needed to ensure that they are operating correctly and have not been affected by the ground, fence or latch movement;
  • Regularly check fencing panels for correct gaps, rust and wear and tear;
  • Regularly check all fence bolts, screws and fasteners to make sure they are tight and in good order. Any loose bolts, screws and fasteners should be tightened or replaced;
  • Regularly replace springs and regularly spray self-closing gate hinges, locks and latches with lubricating oil or silicone to help prevent many of the faults relating to self-closing and self-latching gates; and
  • Make sure trees, shrubs, BBQ, pot plants, toys, ladders, chairs and other objects are not within the 90cm non-climbable zone on the fence and are stored as far away from the fence as possible.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290