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Swimming Pool Safety Requirements

Moira Shire enforces legal requirements for all swimming pools and spas in private residences.

A swimming pool is defined as any excavation or structure containing water and used principally for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, and includes a bathing or wading pool and spa.

The Building Code of Australia requires that any swimming pool which contains more than 300mm of water must be provided with a barrier to restrict access to it by young children.

Subject to particular requirements concerning doors, the Building Code of Australia provides that swimming pool barriers must comply with Australian Standard AS. 1926 PARTS 1 & 2.

The Building Regulations 2006 contains specific requirements for pools constructed prior to 1991.

In all cases it is the pool owner's responsibility to ensure that suitable barriers are provided and maintained in good working order.

Penalties apply for failure to comply with these regulations.

For more detailed information concerning construction of swimming pool safety barriers contact Council's Building Department.

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