A Guide to Australian Pool Fencing Laws & Regulations

A Guide to Australian Pool Fencing Laws & Regulations

When it comes to pool safety, there’s no room for compromise. Having a swimming pool in your backyard can provide endless fun and relaxation, but it also comes with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of your loved ones and complying with Australian pool fencing laws and regulations.

In this article, we will break down the key information you need to know about pool fencing laws and regulations in Australia.

Understanding the National Standard

 In Australia, the current benchmark for pool fencing is AS1926-2012, a standard upheld in most states and territories, including New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). In these regions, this standard is mandated through the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Nevertheless, Queensland stands apart with its unique modified standard, QDC MP 3.4, which integrates elements from AS 1926-2007 along with state-specific provisions. The Northern Territory, on the other hand, adheres to AS1926.1 – 1993.

Pool Fence Requirements

To guarantee pool safety and adherence to legal regulations, it is crucial to meet the following requirements for pool fencing. These requirements have been outlined to ensure the well-being of all individuals and to prevent any potential accidents or legal complications.

Please review the following guidelines carefully:

Fencing Requirements:


  • All swimming pools, including above-ground and inflatable pools with a depth exceeding 300mm (30cm), must have a safety barrier or fence.
  • The pool fence should have a minimum height of 1200mm (1.2 meters) from the ground level, with gaps or openings not exceeding 100mm.
  • The fence should be constructed using durable materials and must be maintained in good condition.


Gate Requirements:

Mandatory self-closing and self-latching gates are essential. These gates must open away from the pool area, with the latch located at least 1500mm (1.5 meters) above the ground. The gate should automatically close and securely latch without manual assistance.

Non-Climbable Zone:

A non-climbable zone must be maintained around the pool fence, meaning no climbable objects, such as trees or furniture, should be placed within 900mm (0.9 meters) outside the fence.


All pool barriers must undergo inspection and certification by a licensed building certifier or inspector to ensure compliance with the relevant standards. This certification is mandatory before filling the pool with water.

Existing Pools:

Existing pools must comply with the current pool fencing regulations. In cases where a pool fence falls short of requirements, necessary modifications must be made for compliance.


Certain pools, like spa pools with secure lockable lids and pools in specific apartment complexes, may be exempt from certain requirements. Local council guidance is essential to determine specific exemptions.

Fines for Non-Compliance

Failure to adhere to pool safety laws can lead to substantial fines. Penalties differ from state to state and can include on-the-spot fines and court penalties. For instance, in New South Wales, fines can go up to $5,500 for non-compliance.

In Australia, pool safety is not just a legal obligation but also a moral responsibility. Staying informed about the specific requirements in your state or territory is crucial. Seeking professional guidance and assistance is highly recommended to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

Remember that safety around the pool is a collective responsibility, and all parties involved, from pool owners to tenants, must play their part in creating a secure and enjoyable pool environment.

Contact Us

If you require assistance or guidance on building a swimming pool that complies with the relevant laws and regulations, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Oasis Pool Constructions.

With over 20 years of experience in constructing various types of high-quality pools that adhere to the required standards, they can provide the knowledge and expertise you need for your project.

For inspiration and insights, you can explore their Instagram page showcasing a range of concrete swimming pools suitable for different lifestyles and budgets. Contact Oasis Pool Constructions at 07 5649 9810 or via email at [email protected] to start creating your dream pool.

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