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Swimming pool barriers

An overview of Australian Standard AS 1926.1 which specifies requirements for the design, construction and performance of fences, gates and other barriers for swimming pools and supports the digital Australian Standard that can accessed through the HIA Shop.

Overview of the Standard 

AS 1926.1 specifies requirements for the design, construction and performance of fences, gates, retaining walls, windows, doorsets and balconies, intended to form a barrier that will restrict the access of young children to swimming pools. 

The Australian Standard includes requirements for the design, construction and performance of gate units installed as part of a swimming pool barrier.

What does it include?

AS 1926.1 is broken into 3 sections consisting of:

  • Section 1 states what the standard covers and describes the terms used in this Standard.
  • Section 2 deals with the design and construction of the elements of a barrier, including the requirements of non-climbable zones, and above ground pools.
  • Section 3 deals with the strength, rigidity, functionality requirements and durability of barrier components.

The standard also contains 6 informative appendices consisting of:

  • Appendix A sets out a test to determine the strength and rigidity of barrier openings to prevent an opening from being forced to a size that would allow a young child to gain entry.
  • Appendix B comprises a method to test the strength and installation of barrier posts and footings.
  • Appendix C sets out a strength test for rigid barrier components.
  • Appendix D comprises a strength test for flexible materials and components, and to ensure they are adequately fixed.
  • Appendix E sets out a strength test for the use of manufacturers of gate units, to determine if the rigid components of gate units are sufficiently robust to provide an effective barrier throughout the life of the barriers. 
  • Appendix F comprises a test for the use of manufacturers of gate units, to determine the durability of components including its hinges and latch, to withstand repeated closing.

Is the Standard referenced in NCC or other legislation?

Yes, this Standard is referenced in both NCC Volume One and NCC Volume Two providing Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions for the design and construction of swimming pool barriers for swimming pools associated with Class 1 to 9 structures. 

Who is the Standard for?

The primary users of this standard are residential builders, pool builders, structural landscape contractors, other building trade contractors, designers, building certifiers and surveyors, project managers, manufacturers and testing authorities.

Related Australian Standards

  • AS 1926.2 Location of safety barriers for swimming pools
  • AS 1926.3 Water recirculation systems
  • AS 1288-2006 Glass in buildings - Selection and installation
  • AS 2047:2014 Windows and external glazed doors in buildings
  • AS 3958.1 Floor and wall tiling - Application of tiles in swimming pools

Related HIA Information Sheets

Getting a copy of the Standard

An electronic copy of this Australian Standard can be purchased through the Digital Australian Standards webpage.

To find out more, contact HIA’s Building Services team.

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