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 SWIMMING POOL SAFETY


        
Moree Plains Shire Council advises owners of properties with swimming pools that under the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 (NSW), which commenced on Monday 29 October 2012, swimming pool owners must register their pools on a new state-wide online register and obtain a compliance certificate from Council before selling or leasing their properties.
 
 
The purpose of the changes incorporated in the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 is to increase the safety of very young children around backyard swimming pools and reduce associated drowning and near-drowning incidents.

Backyard Swimming Pool Safety

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children in Australia. Supervision is always the first line of protection however swimming pool safety fencing provides an important level of added protection to ensure that children cannot gain access to the swimming pool area. It is therefore imperative that a swimming pool safety barrier is compliant with the relevant standards and effectively maintained at all times.

In NSW, private or ‘backyard’ swimming pool safety is legislated by the 
Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 (NSW), and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 (the Regulation). The legislation also applies to moveable dwellings, hotels and motels.        


The Regulation requires that swimming pool safety barriers comply with the requirements of Australian Standard 1926.1 a copy of this standard and the Building Code of Australia are available to view at Council's administration building.
 

Owner’s Responsibility

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

Occupier's Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the occupier to maintain the barrier in a state of good repair, and to ensure that all gates providing access to the swimming pool are kept securely closed and latched at all times when not in actual use.

The Act also requires the occupier to display a warning notice in the immediate vicinity of the swimming pool, detailing resuscitation techniques together with a supervision warning. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines are available at
www.resus.org.au

How to check your swimming pool barrier

A ‘
Home Swimming Pool Safety Checklist’ is available here. Council encourages you to carry out a check of the barrier surrounding your swimming pool by completing the checklist. Should you answer ‘no’ to any of questions of the checklist you should address the non-compliance as a matter of urgency.

At your request, Council staff can conduct an inspection to determine whether your pool meets the requirements of the Act. Council can grant you a certificate of compliance (at a cost of $70) if your swimming pool complies with the requirements of the Act. If your pool does not comply, then Council staff will advise you of the steps you need to take so that it does comply.

In addition to the inspections requested by swimming pool owners, Council staff undertake random inspections of registered swimming pools within the Shire to audit them for compliance with the relevant standards.

There’s no substitution for supervision

While fencing may assist in reducing drowning’s in backyard pools, the most effective way to prevent drowning or near-drowning is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible adult. Children should also be taught to swim from an early age and adults should undertake training in resuscitation techniques for use in an emergency situation.

For further information you may contact Council’s Planning and Development Department on (02) 6757 3222.

Important information relating to backyard swimming pools can also be found on the Division of Local Governments website at
www.dlg.nsw.gov.au.

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