Western Australian Standards Explained For Pool Fencing

Western Australian Standards Explained For Pool Fencing

Australian Standards are in place to keep unsupervised children out of the swimming pool area. Many of our customers have questions regarding fencing regulations in Western Australia. It’s extremely important that you are aware of all current regulations in regards to pool fences while avoiding fines and preventing the chances of an unforeseen tragedy.

Statistics have shown that over the past ten years, more than a dozen toddlers drowned in Western Australia, due to poor installation of fencing or negligence by the builders. Approximately 94% of these accidents took place in domestic swimming pools in or around their homes. Sadly, a great deal of these deaths could have been prevented.

Most drownings happen when there is no protective fence between the swimming area and the house. In the 1990s, stricter regulations have been put in place to keep unsupervised children from entering a pool area.

The Australian Standard AS1926 has been designed to deny access by unsupervised children (especially under the age of 5) from swimming in the pools.

When A Pool Fence Must Be Installed:

Pools and spas that are 300mm in depth must have a fence. If your pool was installed after July 1992, you must have a fence separating your house and the pool area. Keep in mind, you must have a building permit in order to install a fence, barriers, windows and gates. Once you have received your permit and the barriers have been built, you may then fill your pool with water, but not until then.

Pool Fencing Requirements:

  • The outside of the pool fence must be an effectual barrier against young children having access.
  • The pool fence must be permanent
  • The fence will not allow for young children to enter by crawling under or over the fence, by foot or hand.
  • The pool fence is not less than 1.2m in height.
  • There must be a 900mm non-climb zone (NCZ) from the top of the fence.
  • Note: The NCZ is defined as a zone consisting of a barrier as well as the associated space with 900mm of the barrier and is intended to inhibit children from climbing the barrier. This also includes any points along the length of the barrier and any associated space.

Gate Requirements Must:

  • Gates may only swing outward from the pool area.
  • Must be self-closing from any position.
  • Must have a fitted latch that is out of the reach of small children; generally 1.5m from ground level.

Gate Summary:

The gate must open outward, must have an effective minimum height of 1.2m. Must return to the closed position and engage from any position and cannot be reopened without using a manual release. The latch must be at least 1.5m above the ground level. Alternatively, glass pool fencing measurements must be 1.2m from the outside and 300mm down on the inside; you will have to reach over the gate to open the latch.

Wall Requirements:

External walls of the building can only be used with the provision they do not have doors that can open into the pool enclosure and windows must be treated to prevent access. Child-resistant doors are not considered adequate safety barriers.

Doors & Windows:

Doors from any dwelling are totally prohibited to open into a swimming pool enclosure. The only exception are doors opening into a swimming pool within an enclosed building.

Acceptable Windows:

  • Can Not open far enough to create an opening of 100mm.
  • Have a lowest opening panel no less than 1.2m above the ground
  • Have a firm fixed fly wire installed, or a totally enclosed grill.