New Drummoyne Swimming Pool Laws

Despite improvements in pool safety over the past decade, 38% of all drowning deaths last year in children younger than five years still occurred in pools, according to the 2012 Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report.  In New South Wales alone, an average of 10 children continue to die in backyard pools every year, while many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries from near-drowning incidents.

Research shows the most common contributing factors are inadequate fencing and human error, including fences not being properly maintained or gates being left open.  In many cases, trees, barbeques, deckchairs or even a build up of soil will enable a small child to climb over a barrier, even though the fence was correctly installed originally to a height of 1.2m.

On 23rd October last year, the NSW Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 was passed in both Parliaments, making a significant number of changes to the previous Act of 1992. As of 29th April 2014, every property with a pool will need to have a valid certificate of compliance or occupation certificate before being sold or leased. A copy of the relevant certificate must then be attached to the contract of sale, or provided to a tenant prior to the commencement of a lease.

Other changes include the need for swimming pool owners to register their pools with their local Councils (City of Canada Bay) by no later than 29th October, 2013 – any owners who fail to register will be issued with a fine.  Before this date, each local Council must have developed a program to facilitate the inspection of swimming pools in its area; Drummoyne, Abbotsford, Russell Lea, Five Dock, Rodd Point, Wareemba, Chiswick…

With more than 300,000 backyard swimming pools in New South Wales, inclusive our own Drummoyne yards, it’s critical that pool owners are aware of their responsibility to ensure safety measures continue to meet legislative requirements over time.

Posted by Chris Wilkins