The regulations and requirements regarding pool fences have evolved dramatically over the past few years. According to statistics, backyard swimming pools are where drownings most often occur. Most of these drownings happen in children below 5 so failure to meet Australian pool regulations or inadequate pool fencing in Perth can put your family at risk. To ensure safety and ease of supervision for your children and pets, you must also plan where the pool fence will be placed when you are planning the location of your pool. 

 

It would take a lot of effort to move an above-ground pool once it is installed. Before calling a contractor to dig your pool, here are some things you should consider. 

  • Are you happy with your neighbours seeing you or do you prefer privacy? 
  • Is your backyard protected from strong winds and storm surges? 
  • Are you able to supervise your children when they play near the pool? 

 

Want to know more about pool fence regulations? Read more from Perth pool fence installers at Clear Choice Pool Fencing to find out. 

 

 

Swimming pool fence placement  

 

The location of the pool will affect where you place the fence. You may be wondering how you can integrate a pool wall into your backyard if you have a small space, as swimming pools must be at least 1000mm from their boundary. The boundary could be your backyard fence or any barrier that can be considered a boundary fence. Your local council can help you determine your specific needs. To save space, many people use the boundary fence or dividing wall as pool fencing. This is an effective way to save money on Perth pool fencing, as well as create the illusion that you have a larger backyard. In most states and Western Australia, a boundary fence can be used as a fence around a pool. It is also compliant to pool safety regulations. You can also use the common boundary wall as long you comply with safety regulations and get permission from your neighbour. 

 

 

Pool fence regulations  

 

The regulations for pool fences vary from one state to the next. They are frequently updated to increase safety around water. All states must follow the Australian Standard AS1926-12. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is responsible for establishing the standard in these states. 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

Department of Commerce 

 

Exemptions  

 

There are 2 exemptions to National Standard. 

 

  1. These states/territories are affected by the BCA as an exception to the standard in a particular jurisdiction. 
  1. Legislative exemptions from the application of the legislation 

 

Pool Fence Regulations have the following basic criteria, regardless of where they are located: 

  • Pool fencing must have a minimum height 1200mm 
  • The height of the fence should be at least 900mm. It must also be free from climbable items such trees, BBQs, toys, and furniture. 
  • Gaps between fencing should be no more than 100mm 
  • The pool fence should be made of durable materials. This includes steel and timber as well as glass. 
  • Gates must close automatically and swing away from the pool. 
  • Gate latches need to be mounted poolside 

 

Barriers for pool doors 

 

If your door forms an integral part of a pool wall, you need to ensure: 

  • It is self-closing as well as self-latching 
  • The latching device should be at least 150cm from the ground 
  • It has a non-climbing zone of 90cm and is at least 120cm from the floor 
  • It opens to the outside of the pool 
  • It does NOT have any pet doors 

 

Pool barriers with windows 

 

Windows that are part of your pool barrier must be: 

  1. Install a security screen or locking device to your building. It will prevent them from opening further than 10cm. 

 

To ensure your loved ones and your family are safe, ensure your pool and Perth frameless pool fence complies with National Standards. You should also ensure that your pool fence/boundary is maintained to prevent any damage, holes, falls, or other problems. Your pool fence/boundary should be repaired immediately if it is damaged. 

 

Safety for General Owner Pool 

 

Although the pool regulations have been designed to prevent drownings and provide a safe environment for swimmers, there are still dangers around any body of water, regardless of whether it is enclosed. SPASA has provided the following guidelines to assist pool owners in ensuring safe swimming pools and spas. 

 

  • Make sure your pool fencing complies with state regulations 
  • Remember that a Perth frameless pool fence cannot replace adult supervision. 
  • No matter how competent they are at swimming, do not let any child go unsupervised near water. 
  • Swim lessons for your child 
  • You might consider taking a CPR class to help in emergencies. 
  • Display instructions for resuscitation near your pool, such as on the fence. 
  • If your pool is too shallow to dive, place a “no diving” sign. 
  • Avoid placing furniture or other climbable items near your pool. 
  • Supervise children and avoid alcohol consumption around water. 

 

FAQ: Pool Fence Regulations 

 

Can a boundary fence be a pool fence? 

The boundary fencing that is used to protect a pool must be at minimum 1800mm tall. If the fencing is made up of vertical members, these must be no more than 100 mm apart, and horizontal members not less than 900. 

 

Do I have to have a fence around my pool? 

Yes. Australia’s building code mandates that all pools above ground and below ground must have a fence. Each state has its regulations. The Australian standard defines pool fencing to be a barrier that restricts access for children under the age of five and must be a permanent structure. 

 

How high could a pool be without a fence? 

You must install a pool fencing if your pool measures more than 300mm. This applies to above ground pools, inground pools, and temporary blow-up pools. 

 

 

Remember These Things 

 

It doesn’t count as part your fence if you have walls or fences from your neighbour’s yard. So, plan around these barriers when you calculate distance between the pool & fences. Additionally, any pool not enclosed by buildings must have a fence around them. 

 

Although you might be tempted after building your pool to put water in it to check its appearance, this is not a good idea. Before you fill your pool more than 30cm with water, a qualified inspector must be appointed by your council. 

 

 

Perth pool fencing that is compliant 

 

Are you thinking of frameless pool fence in your Perth pool?  

 

Contact Perth’s Pool fencing installers, Clear Choice Pool Fencing today for safe, stylish, and affordable glass pool fencing in Perth 

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