Property owners and occupants are responsible for making sure pool barriers are maintained, repaired and in working order.
Is a lockable lid a safety barrier?
No, a lockable lid is not a safety barrier and does not meet legal requirements.
What are the requirements of a pool safety barrier?
The pool or spa area must be a separate enclosure on the property. No access is allowed directly from the dwelling or from any other outbuilding on the allotment. A safety barrier must be permanent and automatic.
Gates must swing away from the pool, be self-closing, self-latching and have latches at specific heights. Specific barrier heights and other dimensions apply, including non-climbable zones around, and within, the pool or spa enclosure.
Safety barriers are required for:
In-ground pools and spas
Above-ground pools and spa pools including inflatable pools holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water
Indoor pools and spas
Bathing and wading pools containing more than 300mm (30cm) of water