Be Pool Safe

NSW Pool Register - Be Pool Safe

NSW Pool Register - Be Pool Safe


From 29 April 2013, pool owners are required to register their backyard swimming pools in an online register to be provided by the NSW State Government. Visit the register website at and follow the easy registration steps.

Swimming pool registration is free. If you can’t access the online register after 29 April 2013, your local council will be able to register on your behalf (a fee of up to $10.00 may apply). 

Are you selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool or spa? 

From 29 April 2016, all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool that are sold or leased must have a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance.

Be Pool Safe CampaignBe Pool Safe Campaign 

Be Pool Safe - A collaboration between Royal Life Saving
NSW and NSW State Government

Royal Life Saving in collaboration with the NSW Government is striving to reduce backyard swimming pool and spa deaths and injuries.

In the last 10 years:
  • 60 children have drowned on backyard swimming pools
  • 70 children have neurological damage as a result of immersion
  • 1000 children have been admitted to hospital as a result of immersion.
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children in NSW. With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a serious issue that affects the whole community. The most effective home pool safety measure is proper adult supervision at all times, but a well-maintained child-resistant pool barrier is also key to preventing small children’s unsupervised access to backyard swimming pools and spa pools.

In NSW, the owners of properties with a swimming pool and/or a spa pool are required to register their pools and spas on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

Local councils are responsible for promoting backyard swimming pool safety in their local communities. They do this through locally appropriate swimming pool inspection programs and community engagement.

Royal Life Saving Society through its ‘Be Pool Safe’ campaign has developed a range of resources and public awareness materials to assist in raising awareness amongst backyard swimming pool owners and the broader community.

Together we can bring about change and reduce the number of lives lost in backyard swimming pools. Be Pool Safe.


What’s New?

Are you considering selling or leasing your property that has a pool?
  • From the 29 April 2016, all properties being sold or leased with a swimming pool need a valid certificate of compliance, or a relevant occupation certificate. This includes any property with a swimming pool or spa pool that is on the market for sale or lease at 29 April 2016. After this date, a property with a pool cannot be advertised for sale or lease if it does not have a valid certificate of compliance or a relevant occupancy certificate.
  • To obtain a certificate of compliance you will need to contact either your local council or an independent accredited certifier who is registered with the Building Professionals Board. Independent accredited certifiers can be found on the Building Professionals Board website at.
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that around 95% of pools fail at the first inspection. Councils advise that it can take up to 90 days before they can issue a certificate of compliance, mainly due to the unavailability of qualified contractors to make any needed repairs or remediation work.
  • So to avoid any unnecessary delays in selling or leasing your property, be proactive and give yourself plenty of time. Organise to get a certificate of compliance now.
  • For further information contact your local council, solicitor, conveyance or real estate agent.

What is a certificate of compliance or an occupation certificate?

A swimming pool certificate of compliance certifies that the pool and pool barrier meet the legislative safety requirements. It is not to be confused with a Registration Certificate which was issued when your pool was initially registered.

A relevant occupation certificate for a swimming pool is an occupation certificate issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that is less than three years old and that authorises the use of the swimming pool.

Fact Sheets for Selling and Leasing

Resource Guide for New Pool Owners

This resource will provide you and your family with all the information you need to safely enjoy your new pool.

Pool Inspection Checklists

To assist backyard swimming pool and spa owners check their pool compliance a number of checklists have been prepared.

Firstly you will need to identify what type of pool or spa you have from the list below:

After completing the appropriate checklist check your responses. Did you tick ‘No’ for any item on the checklist? If so, it is important that you undertake immediate action to fix the problem. If you require assistance contact your local council for further information or consult your local swimming pool expert.

Be sure to keep updated:

Be sure to keep updated on the Be Pool Safe Campaign and other important water safety messages via our social media sites and by:

  • Following Royal Life Saving on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube
  • Sharing our important Be Pool Safe Campaign messages and tips over the coming weeks and months with your family and friends.