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  • Location:
  • Conducted on:

  • Council reference number:

  • Pool/Spa construction date:

  • Prepared by:

  • Supervisor & registration number:

  • Owners name & contact info:

Type of pool/spa

  • Type

  • Permanent or Temporary

  • Above-ground or in-ground

2.1 General

  • Barrier height not less than 1.2m on approach side.

  • Barrier & gate must be a permanent structure, made from durable material.

2.3 NCZ barriers less than 1.8m in height - (outside of boundary fence excluded)

  • 900mm vertical plane on outside face of barrier.

  • 900mm radius down from the top of the barrier (outside).

  • 900mm radius up from top of barrier (outside).

  • Horizontal rails in barrier spaced a min of 900mm apart.

2.3 Boundary barriers

  • Height not less than 1.8m on pool side.

  • NCZ - 900mm radius down from top of barrier on inside

2.3.2 Perforated material or mesh

  • Openings in fence not greater than 13mm shall have fence height min 1.2m.

  • Openings in fence greater than 13mm but less than 100mm shall have fence height min 1.8m.

  • Openings greater than 100mm not permitted.

2.3.3 Surface projections & indentations

  • No foothold allowed greater than 10mm within NCZ, OR

  • If projections or indentation greater than 10mm they must be no less than 900mm spaced apart.

2.3.4 Horizontal climbable members - on outside of barrier or on inside of barrier when vertical openings greater than 10mm (barrier less than 1.8m high)

  • (a) Horizontal members shall not be in a climbable zone.

  • (b) Fences with rails - top surface of lower rail shall be no less than 1m below the top of the fence. OR

  • comply with Clause 2.3.5

2.3.5 Horizontal non-climbable members (on outside of fencing)

  • (a) horizontal members have 60⁰ splay &

  • (b) Vertical members spaced no more than 10mm apart.

2.3.6 Horizontal surfaces inside the fencing (less than 1.8m high & vertical openings greater than 10mm)

  • 300mm wide x 900mm high NCZ maintained within the pool area.

2.3.7 Vertical members

  • Openings no greater than 100mm.

2.4 Ground clearance

  • Gap between ground and barrier no greater than 100mm.

  • Surface underneath barrier is permanent.

2.5 Gates & fittings

  • 2.5.1 - Gate swings away from pool area.

  • 2.5.2 - Arc of gate operation clear of any obstruction.

  • Opening under closed gate not greater than 100mm.

  • 2.5.3 - Self-closing device fitted.

  • Self-closing device will close the gate from any open position without manual force.

2.5.4 Latching device

  • Automatically operate on the closing of the gate.

  • Cannot be re-opened without manual release.

The latch shall not be able to:

  • (a) inadvertently be adjusted during operation;

  • (b) locked in the ‘open’ position; or

  • (c) adjusted without the use of tools. Location of latch

  • Minimum 1.5m high.

If less than 1.5m high the latch must be:

  • (a) On the inside of the barrier;

  • (b) Access to the latch must be in a position to reach over or through the barrier no lower than 1.2m above FFL OR, Not less than 1m above the highest lower rail.

  • (c) At least 150mm below the top of barrier or hand-hole.

Security of closure - When gate is closed and latched it can’t be:

  • lifted to release the latch OR,

  • unhinge the gate OR,

  • increase the gap underneath greater than 100mm. Shielding of latch when latch is below 1.5m

  • No opening greater than 10mm within 450mm of latch

  • Latch at least 150mm below the top of barrier or hand-hole.

2.6.1 Retaining wall above pool level

  • (a) must be 1.8m high &

  • (b) Not sloped away from pool area more than 15⁰

2.6.2 Retaining wall below pool level

  • Not slope towards the pool by more than 15°

  • (a) Minimum 1.2m high with surface compliant with 2.3.3, OR

  • (b) Not less than 1.8m high (including compliant NCZ)

2.6.3 Permanent bodies of water

  • Permanent bodies of water such as canals, lakes, rivers with a depth of water not less than 300 mm at the edge of the pool area shall be considered as an effective barrier.

2.7 Child resistant windows [sill height less than 1.8m above pool area]

  • (a) When the window is 900mm or less to floor level of room - (i) Protected by bars or mesh screen (not flyscreen) securely fitted to the openable part of window/s OR (ii) Openable part of window/s restricted to max 100mm.

  • (b) Sill height 900mm to 1.2m from room floor level must comply with (a)

  • (c) [if not compliant with (a) or (b)] sill height must be minimum 1.2m above room FFL.

2.8 Child resistant doorsets

  • (a) Fitted with a self-latching device.

  • (b) Self-closing device closes the door from any open position without manual force.

  • (c) Latch release not less than 1.5m high.

  • (d) No footholds permitted wider than 10mm in door or frame from ground to 1m above FFL.

  • (e) & (f) Must comply with Clause 2.3.2, 2.5 & 2.5.4

  • (h) Pet doors in doorset not allowed

  • Door opens away from pool area

2.9 Balcony balustrades

  • (a) If the balcony is less than 1.8m above ground level of pool area the balcony balustrade must comply as a barrier. OR

  • (b) If the balcony protrudes into a NCZ the balcony balustrade must comply as a barrier.

2.10 Above-ground pools (no barrier)

  • If pool sides are greater than 1.2m high, stable and NCZ’s are clear then the pool itself is considered an adequate barrier.

  • A barrier and gate shall be provided in accordance with AS1926.1 around the access ladder.

Reg 147ZF - circumstances in which a certificate of barrier NON-compliance must be issued immediately

  • Is the barrier incapable of being made compliant within 60 days?

  • Is the owner unlikely to bring the barrier into compliance within 60 days?

  • Does the non-compliance pose a significant risk to life or safety?

  • Can to gate/doorset be open without operating the latch?

  • Is the gate/doorset unable to be closed completely?

  • Is any part of the barrier less than 1m in height?

  • If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then a Form 24 must be issued immediately.


  • Is Pool Safety Barrier compliant with the applicable standard to allow for a Form 23 - Certificate of Compliance to be issued. OR

  • If non-compliant, will you instead issue the owner a list setting out the non-compliant items, giving the owner maximum 60 days in which to bring the Pool Safety Barrier into compliance with the applicable standard.

  • Note. Inspector must advise owner of their intention to carry out a reinspection specifying a date not more than 60 days after the owner receives the notice.

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