Splashing safely into summer

Tuesday 12 October, 2021

As we start swimming season, Council’s Compliance team is commencing random pool safety audits across the region to check that residential and commercial swimming pools meet safety standards.

While these audits are random, residents will be sent a letter if Council intends to inspect their pool as part of this audit.

Tamworth Regional Council Manager Compliance, Ross Briggs, said “pool owners need to be aware of their responsibilities to make sure their pool meets safety standards”.

All swimming pools in New South Wales are required to be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. This is a simple process that can be done online for free or at Council for a small fee. To register your pool, you will need to provide:

  • Name, address, and contact number.
  • Information on the type of pool and approximate age (installation date)
  • Supply a completed self-assessment checklist.

Further information can be found at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.

In addition to registration, any premises that has a swimming pool must obtain a swimming pool certificate (SPC) prior to leasing the property or selling the property. Council Compliance Officers can be contacted to schedule an inspection either by calling (02) 6767 5705 or emailing trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au.  Fees do apply for the inspection and the issue of the SPC.   

When inspecting swimming pools, the most common compliance issues observed are fence gates which do not self-close or self-latch (from any open position), fence’s with large (more than 10cm) gaps between the fence panels, or the panels and the ground, and overgrown vegetation which allows potential footholds for children to climb into the pool area. This can pose a significant safety risk as young children may be able to enter the pool area unsupervised.

Pool owners should also make sure they have a current resuscitation poster with steps on how to do CPR clearly visible in the pool area, know how to perform CPR, and most importantly, always supervise children when they are in the pool area.

Anyone who may be concerned about their pool should check whether it complies, using checklists available on the swimming pool register. Council Compliance Officers can also be contacted by email, phone or the MyTRC App for advice on swimming pool fence compliance or to request an inspection of their pool or a swimming pool they have concerns about.

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