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Swimming pool warning notices

March 24, 2019

In 2018 the Department of Fair Trading completed a review and re-write of the Swimming Pools Regulation. The Swimming Pools Regulation 2018 came into force late 2018 with some transition periods included.

One of these changes is that, as of 1 March 2018 a warning notice is required to be displayed in a prominent position in the immediate vicinity of the pool and must remain in place until the Occupancy Certificate for the pool has been issued. Failing to comply could lead to a $550 fine.

Other key changes:

  • The Building Code of Australia is now referenced in the regulation as the main document that pool fences must comply with. This confirms that a certifier who is registered to approve Performance Solutions can approve pool fences which are performance based designs, rather than strictly complying with AS 1926.
  • There are some changes to other warning notices required in a swimming pool area, such as the resuscitation guide. Signs installed on or before 31 August 2019 remain valid, unless the swimming pool is substantially altered or rebuilt.

Want more information?

View the Swimming Pools Regulation 2018.

HIA is now supplying the warning notice signs that must be displayed during construction of a swimming pool.

If you would like order a sign call HIA shop on 1300 650 620 or email