The new Building Code Clause F9 – Restricting access to residential pool of the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 applies to all residential pools and spas with a maximum depth of 400mm or more, including portable and inflatable pools. This means that portable and inflatable pools over 400mm water depth must have compliant pool fencing.

Pools with pool sides that have a minimum height of 1.2m, and compliant, non-climbable sides may use the actual pool sides as the compliant barrier, if the ladder is removed and the pool is otherwise compliant.

Please refer to the pages on Pool Safety StandardsPool Fencing and Layers of Protection for further details on your responsibilities.

Here are a few simple guidelines you can follow:

  • Portable pools must be isolated. Contact your local council for requirements.
  • Empty paddling and smaller inflatable pools after use and turn them upside down.
  • Remove all toys from the pool and fenced area after use – this reduces the temptation for children to enter the pool/area.
  • Utilise secondary layers of protection, such as pool/door alarms.
  • No matter how good your fencing / layers of protection are, there is no substitute for adequate supervision.

*While these brochures reference the old FOSP Act (1987) they do offer broader advice that helps ensure your pool is a safer place for young children.