Swimming Pool Safety & Regulations
South Australian regulations require all swimming pools to be fenced unless specifically exempted.
All swimming pools must have a continuous safety barrier that is maintained by the pool owner and which restricts access by young children to the pool and the immediate pool surrounds. There are specific requirements in the Standards regarding fences, gates and any doors or windows which provide direct access to a pool.
Any excavation or structure 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.
Note: for the purpose of the Development Act, a spa pool is a swimming pool.
Requirements and key dates:
2 December 2020
Any person applying for building rules consent from this date, will not be able to use child-resistant doors as part of a required child-safety barrier for an outdoor swimming pool. They will be required to have a fence to isolate the swimming pool from the house.
Any person who sells a property with a prescribed swimming pool (pre-July 1993) will not be able to use child-resistant doors as part of a required child-safety barrier for an outdoor swimming pool, except in certain circumstances – see Minister’s Specification SA 76D (below), they will be required to have a fence to isolate the swimming pool from the house.