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Government Pool Fencing Regulations

Each state in Australia has laws and regulations in regards to pool fencing. On this page you will find information and links to state government websites.  These websites will provide all the information you require to ensure your pool fence is compliant to your states pool fencing laws and regulations. 

Laws & Regulations

Earthing of spigots is an important consideration when installing pool fencing. Electrical safety laws (under AS3000:2018) and wiring rules contain provisions regarding earthing within “arm’s reach” (1250mm) of the pool water edge.
Earthing reduces the risk of an electrical shock should there be an electrical fault. The cost involved of earthing spigots is generally high. Importantly, earthing contemplates conductive materials.
Alternatively, DIY Frameless Glass sell a a spigot insulator which can be sleeved over our range of stainless steel Madrid base plated or core drill spigot whereby it is not possible to touch the metal spigot. In this way, the installed spigot is completely insulated and non-conductive to touch. Materials which are non-conductive do not require earthing.


*The details provided here are informative only; pool owners are better served to contact your specific requirements with a licensed and experienced electrician for specific queries about all aspects of interpreting the requirements of AS3000:2018 and how this legislation might affect your pool.

For a pool fence to be compliant, it must be at least 1200mm high off the ground. Luckily, all our pool fencing panels are set at this height.

Climb points are one of the biggest issues that DIY projects face with fence certification – you may have installed the fence yourself, but if you place it too close to certain objects then you may cause a hazard and have to start all over again. To make it easier for you, here are some key points to consider when planning your new fence:

  • Climb Points: Common climb points include tables, stairs, trees, raised garden beds.
  • Fence Gaps: There Can be no gap greater than 100mm
  • Effective Height: If there is anything climbable in the area, it can reduce the ‘effective’ height of the pool fence
  • Doors: You also cannot have any door from the inside of a home open directly into the pool area.
  • Fence Height: The fence must be at least 1200mm from the ground to the top.
  • Climbable Distance: You can also not have anything climbable within 300mm of the inside of the fence.
  • Windows: Windows also cannot open into the pool area unless they open less than 100mm or have a security screen.

Example For instance, if you have a pool fence 1200mm high, but a table or BBQ is in the area that is 500mm high then your fence is unsafe because the table reduces the height of the fence below the required 1200mm height.

The pool safety standard requires fences to have continuous 900mm non-climbable zones, areas that cannot be climbed by a small child. The standard also requires pool owners to create a clear area on the inside the pool fence immediately next to the external non-climbable zone. This means moving anything that would make the fence easy to climb:

  • 900mm away from the outside of the fence
  • 300mm away from the inside.

Regulations Climbing Points

In Australia, the benchmark for Pool Fence Regulations are Australian Standard AS 1926.1-2012 Safety Barriers for Swimming Pools, however Pool Fencing Standards, Codes and Regulations vary from state to state.

Before purchasing your new fencing product, please visit your local government regulation websites to ensure you are getting exactly what you require and what will comply with your relative local and State Government Building Standards. 

Disclaimer: The information provided is general in nature only. We recommend you visit your local government regulation websites to ensure you are getting exactly what you require and what will comply with your relative local and State Government Building Standards.

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