All swimming pools and spas associated with a dwelling (Class 1, 2, 3 or Class 4 part of a building) or a children’s service must be provided with safety barriers to restrict access to young children under the age of 5 to the pool or spa area. Property owners and occupiers are responsible for complying with regulations to ensure that the pool, spa and associated barriers that restrict access are maintained and in good working order.
The definition of swimming pool has also been further clarified in the standard as:
Any excavation or structure capable of containing water to a depth greater than 300 mm and used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, including a bathing or wading pool, or spa.
As of 1 May 2010 there has been big changes to the pool and spa barrier safety rules.
Pools and spas, which exist, or for which building permits were issued prior to 1 May 2010 will still need to comply with the relevant standard of the day (NB: These requirements have changed over the years). Your local private Building Surveyor or Council’s Building Department will be able to provide advice in this regards.
For information on pool and spa barriers please visit The Building Commission’s website and download 'What you need to know about swimming pool and spa safety barriers' brochure.