Swimming pools and spas
Pool and spa owner responsibility
It's every pool and spa owners responsibility to make sure their pool or spa is safe as they are legally liable for any injury or death of a pool user.
Your swimming pool or spa must have a certificate of compliance prior to use. This certificate confirms that your pool meets pool safety legal requirements and approval consent of Council. A certificate of compliance is valid for three years from its date of issue To obtain a certificate of compliance please complete the Application for a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance form and mail us or lodge in person at either our Barham, Mathoura or Moama office.
You must register your pool or spa online with the NSW Swimming Pool Register to avoid heavy penalties.
For more on registration see related information below
Information for buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool or spa is best explained on the NSW Office of Local Government - Buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool or spa. Legislation was introduced to protect the safety of children under the age of 5 to ensure the swimming pool or spa complied with legislative requirements.
For more on buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool or spa see related information below
We are required to:
- develop and implement a swimming pool barrier inspection program in consultation with our communities
- inspect pools associated with moveable dwellings, tourist and visitor accommodation at three-year intervals
- at the request of a pool owner, inspect a swimming pool or spa pool prior to the sale or lease of the property
- issue either a certificate of compliance or non-compliance after an inspection
- investigate complaints about breaches of the Swimming Pools Act 1992
- where necessary, direct pool owners to take action to ensure that legislated pool barrier requirements are compliant
- make available a relevant extract of the Building Code of Australia, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Guideline and applicable Australian Standards at our offices
- report annually on the number of pool inspections undertaken and the level of compliance with the requirements.
Any concerns about the regulatory actions of councils should be raised with the Office of Local Government
There are three key elements to effective pool safety
- Adult supervision of children - the most effective way to prevent drownings is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or responsible adult
- Pool barriers - check the safety and compliance of your pool or spa barrier on the NSW Governments Swimming Pool Register - safety checklist.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) signage - is required by law and can be bought from us, your local pool shop or community organisation
For more on safety see related information below