Tough pool fencing regulations are making waves throughout Australia and you need to know about the nation-wide tightening of existing pool fence laws.
Swimming pools and spa pools are part of the Australian way of life and our love affair with water. The backyard pool or spa is where we chill out with friends and family, get some exercise or watch the children playing. Swimming pools and spas also add value to the property.
You may also be aware that drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children aged 0-5 years old in Australia—26 children drowned last year alone. According to the Australian Royal Life Saving Society more than 50% of these needless deaths occurred in residential swimming pools.
This is why tough pool fencing regulations are making waves once again throughout Australia and you need to know about them. These are part of a nation-wide tightening and consolidation of existing pool fence laws although there may be small differences in the details State by State.
The fines for non-compliance are steep ranging from on the spot fines of $250 to non-compliance penalties of $5500.
Pool fencing laws are complex and the requirements vary according to the date the pool was built and approved but many pool barriers are failing to meet the standards because of one or more of the following:
It’s important that you get your new pool security fence designed and built by the experts who know fencing inside and out. Profence is part of the Protective Group, a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of fencing products throughout Australia, Asia, and the Pacific region.
Swimming Pool fencing and safety laws and the state government requirements are complex and the requirements vary according to the state were you reside, for more helpful information on the key pool safety requirements in Australian states and territories view our links and resources page here.