Swimming pools and spa pools
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children in NSW. With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a serious issue that affects the whole community. The most effective home pool safety measure is proper adult supervision at all times, but a well-maintained child-resistant pool barrier is also key to preventing small children’s unsupervised access to backyard swimming pools and spa pools.
In NSW, the owners of properties with a swimming pool and/or a spa pool are required to register their pools and spas on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.
New laws apply to the sale or lease of properties with a pool in NSW. These changes have been introduced to further protect the safety of children under the age of five around backyard swimming pools.
Local councils are responsible for promoting backyard swimming pool safety in their local communities. They do this through locally appropriate swimming pool inspection programs and community education.
The NSW Government promotes swimming pool safety through the Swimming Pool Register and in partnership with water safety experts, including the Royal Life Saving Society through its ‘Be Pool Safe’ campaign. A number of swimming pool safety resources are available for pool owners and local councils to help to prevent small children from drowning.