Swimming Pools and Spas

Swimming Pool Register

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children who lack the cognitive and water skills to deal with the danger.

With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community.

From 29 April 2013 the NSW swimming pool register will be available for public use at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au. Pool owners are to register their pools before 29 October 2013.

To register a pool, pool owners will need to know:
•    Address of the pool/spa.
•    The type of property such as a private residence, multi-occupancy (units etc) or tourist and visitor accommodation.
•    If the property is on a waterfront, land greater than 2 hectares or less than 230 square metres.
•    When the pool/spa was built (3 choices of date range apply).
•    If the pool barrier has been substantially modified or rebuilt and when that took place (3 choices of date range apply).

The following checklists can be used to asses the safety of a pool/spa and ensure it meets relevant requirements, as part of the registration process. These are also available to the public at: www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.

Council staff can register a pool on behalf of a pool owner, using this form to then enter information onto www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au


Swimming Pool Register - Questions & Answers (PDF) (46.78 KIB)

Sample Swimming Pool Registration Form - For Councils (PDF) (78.79 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 1. Indoor Pool (PDF) (61.6 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 2. Spas (PDF) (71.77 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 3. Property over 2 hectares (PDF) (77.28 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 4.Waterfront Properties (PDF) (77.04 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 5. Small Property 230sqm or less (PDF) (77.43 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 6. Portable Inflatable Pools (PDF) (66.74 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 7a. Pool built installed before 1-09-2008 (PDF) (70.22 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 7b. Pool built or installed between 1-09-2008 and 30-04-2013 (PDF) (70.94 KIB)

Self Assessment Checklist - 7c. Pool built or installed after 1-05-2013 (PDF) (67.56 KIB)

Application Forms

Request for Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection for the Issue of a Pool Barrier Certificate of Compliance (PDF) (787.44 KB)
(Form current at February 2014)

Request for a Certificate of Exemption for the issue of a Pool Barrier Certificate of Compliance (PDF) (770.46 KB)
(Form current at February 2014)