New Laws

New Laws

In 2012, a comprehensive review of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 was finalised. This review identified a number of amendments designed to enhance the safety of children under the age of five years around private (‘backyard’) swimming pools in NSW.

The new laws include:

Registering your pool

As of 29 April 2013, all pool owners in New South Wales are required to register their swimming pools on a state-wide register.  Penalties will apply for failing to register.  Register your pool at

If unable to access the internet, Shoalhaven pool owners can visit Council during business hours and our Customer Service Officers can assist in registering your pool

Selling or leasing a property with a pool 

From 29 April 2016, a pool owner must obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate before they can sell or lease their property.

Tourist and visitor accommodation

A Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate is required for properties on which there is tourist and visitor accommodation or more than 2 dwellings at least once every 3 years.  This requirement starts from 29 April 2014.

Owners may request an inspection at any time

Pool owners can make an application to Council for a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate at any time, regardless of whether they intend on selling or leasing their property.  The Certificate will be valid for 3 years, so long as the fencing remains compliant in that time.  An application fee applies (see Council's fees and charges)


Council have an important role to play in ensuring the effective implementation of the Act amendments, including:

− promoting pool safety and the responsibility of pool owners to register their pool, for example through council communications and rate notices
− assisting pool owners who do not have internet access by registering pools on the owners’ behalf, a fee of up to $10.00 per registration may be applicable after 1 July 2013 
− dealing with enquiries on the pool register and pool safety
− developing and adopting an appropriate and affordable risk-based inspection program by 29 October 2013.

Shoalhaven Libraries provide online access to the Australian Standard. Hard copies are available for viewing at Council Administrative Offices - Nowra and Ulladulla. Please note due to copyright restrictions, copies of the documents are unable to be made


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