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Swimming Pools and Spa’s

291 people drowned in Australian waterways (1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017).

  • 97 people drowned in inland waterways
  • 64 people drowned in pools, spas and baths
  • 41 children drowned aged 14 or under

(Royal lifesaving Society WA).

The Rules and Regulations

All private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep must have a compliant barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds.

In Western Australia the legislative framework that mandates the requirement to provide a barrier to a private swimming and spa pool comprises:

the Building Act 2011 (the Act); and

the Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations)

A building permit is required under the Act and the Regulations prior to installing, constructing or altering swimming and spa pool barriers, including windows, doors and gates that restrict access to a swimming or spa pool area.

Private swimming or spa pools include:

  • In-ground and above ground pools (including inflatable and portable pools)
  • In-ground and above ground spa pools (but not spa baths that are normally emptied after each use); and
  • Bathing or wading pools

Forms and information sheets:

Swimming Pool and Spa Information

Notification of removed swimming pool/spa

Building Commission

Installing a swimming pool or spa

Rules for Pools and Spas

Royal Life Saving information

Your safety at home

Checklist for pool barriers

Rules for Pools and Spas



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