Swimming and spa pools

The Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) requires safety barriers to be provided around private swimming or spa pools for the protection of young children who may enter that area with or without the knowledge or consent of the owner or occupier of a property.

The rules for safety barriers are changing and will introduce a different set of requirements for new swimming and spa pools. Safety barrier requirements are not changing for old swimming and spa pools.

Pre-May 2016 swimming and spa pools continue to require barriers which comply with the Regulations and Australian Standard AS 1926.1-1993 (incorporating Amendment No. 1 only) as the minimum standard for swimming and spa pool fencing (existing requirements – no change).

Post-May 2016 swimming and spa pools will be required to have barriers which comply with the Regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA), which references Australian Standard AS 1926.1-2012 and Australian Standard AS 1926.2-2007 (incorporating Amendment Nos 1 and 2).

The Building Commission has produced the following publications to assist swimming pool and spa owners to understand the barrier requirements for swimming and spa pools:

In April and May 2016, the Building Commission held a number of information sessions on the changing requirements for swimming and spa pool safety barriers. An adaption of these presentations is available to view online:

Online information session:
Swimming and spa pool safety barriers – changes to the rules (Part 1)

Amendments to Building Regulations 2012
Building Code of Australia 2016

Click here to view Part 1 (Running time 17:41 min)

Online information session:
Swimming and spa pool safety barriers – changes to the rules (Part 2)

AS 1926.1-2012 Safety barriers for swimming pools
AS 1926.2-2007 Location of safety barriers for swimming pools
Scenarios

Click here to view Part 2 (Running time 24:04 min)

For specific advice as to whether your swimming or spa pool barrier complies with the requirements, please contact your local government. Contact details are available on the Department of Local Government website.

Go to the Department of Local Government website http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au

The BCA is now freely available via the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website.

Go to the ABCB website http://www.abcb.gov.au

The Building Act 2011 and the Regulations contain laws related to swimming and spa pools and can viewed on the State Law Publisher website.

Go to the State Law Publisher website http://www.slp.wa.gov.au

Copies of Australian Standards can be purchased from SAI Global.

Go to the SAI Global website http://www.saiglobal.com

 

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