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Installing a swimming pool: What guidelines need to be observed?

19 Mar 14

Renovating your home is one of the best benefits to owning your own property. Being able to undertake any type of customisation or change at your own discretion makes creating the home you want much easier than working around the limitations put in place by landlords at rental properties. 

Of course, like most things concerning property, there are a number of factors you need to be aware of. For example, installing a pool in your home may be a dream of yours, but it could be worth seeking some real estate advice before pursuing this goal. 

While these are a popular addition to homes across Australia, there are rules and regulations that need to be observed. These are in place for the safety and security of anyone who may be in contact with the pool. One of the most important guidelines outlined in the Swimming Pools (Safety) Act 1972 is that all pools are required to be fenced off with either a fence, wall, or inside a building. 

Furthermore, the enclosing structure needs to be a minimum height of 1.2 metres high, as well as competent enough to stop small children passing through or underneath it. There aren't allowed to be any foot or hand holds that could be scaled by anyone, and any gates need to be safely secured against children. 

These rules are all in place to help prevent any tragic accidents happening with children. Any house found violating these guidelines will face a fine. Something to keep in mind is that the Act defines "swimming pool" as any excavation or structure that can be filled with water and used for the purpose of swimming. 

This includes paddling pools, so it could be worth looking into the options available to you before undertaking any renovations to do with swimming pools.