Requirements for pool safety barriers for properties 1.8 hectares or larger

The rules and standards for pool safety barriers are not compulsory for residential properties 1.8 hectares and larger but you can choose to get certification or acknowledgement for a barrier.

On a residential property 1.8 hectares and larger you can choose which standard you want your pool safety barrier to meet. 

You should fence your pool or spa even if you choose not to get it certified.

The pool safety barrier can meet either the:

  • Modified Australian Standard
  • or Community Safety Standard.

Read more about pool fencing and barrier safety standards.

Certification to the Modified Australian Standard

If you choose to have a pool safety barrier certified to the Modified Australian Standard you can get a compliance certificate.

For properties within 100km of Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine an inspection by a pool safety adviser is free of charge. 

Contact the Pool Fencing Unit to discuss possible fees if your property is more than 100km from those centres.

Acknowledgement of Community Safety Standard

For a residential property 1.8 hectares or larger, you can choose to self-declare that the pool safety barrier meets the Community Safety Standard. 

You can check the pool safety barrier meets the Community Safety Standard by reading the Community Safety Standard guidelines PDF (759.0 KB).

Read how to apply for an acknowledgement notice.

Last updated: 29 March 2016

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