When you have pool fencing that isn’t safe, you risk putting the lives of children under 5 years of age in grave danger as they could open or climb over the fence and drown in the pool. To prevent this from happening, you should adhere to all regulations and take the necessary safety precautions. Please bear in mind that the laws on pool fencing outlined on this page are for Victoria only, considering that they differ in other Australian states and territories.
All swimming pools and fencing should comply with the following requirements:
Some requirements for pool fencing differ according to when your pool was built.
In Victoria, a pool fence must:
Make sure that all gates or doors providing access to the pool area are always closed, except when entering or leaving the area. If there are any faults in pool gates, doors and windows (e.g. latches, self-closers, catches, bolts and flyscreens), repair them immediately. Every 3 years, have your pool and fencing inspected by a registered building surveyor or inspector to ensure they comply with regulations and are safe.
If you want to build a swimming pool, talk to our expert team at Trade Glass Depot and find out how we can help you make sure the pool fencing on your Victorian property fits within state regulations. Our glass pool fencing, including panels and fixtures, go through a very strict quality testing process so that they meet and exceed national safety regulations. You can also visit the for current and comprehensive information on pool fencing regulations in Victoria.
In Victoria, your pool fence must have a minimum height of 1200mm, a gap no larger than 100mm between the ground and the bottom of the fence, and gates that are self-latching, self-closing, and swing outwards from the pool area. Additionally, if a boundary fence is used as a safety barrier, it must be at least 1800mm high with a non-climbable zone extending 900mm down from the top on the inside.
Yes, pool fencing requirements vary depending on when your pool was constructed. Pools built before 8 April 1991, between 8 April 1991 and 1 May 2010, and after 1 May 2010 each have specific safety barrier regulations. For example, pools built after 1 May 2010 must not have direct access to the pool area through a door from the house or garage.
It is recommended that you have your pool and fencing inspected by a registered building surveyor or inspector every three years to ensure they comply with regulations and maintain safety standards.
Glass pool fencing must meet the same height, gap, and gate requirements as other materials in Victoria. At Trade Glass Depot, our glass pool fencing, including panels and fixtures, undergoes strict quality testing to meet and exceed national safety regulations.
Our expert team at Trade Glass Depot can provide advice on selecting the right fencing materials and ensuring your pool fencing meets Victoria's specific regulations. We offer high-quality glass pool fencing products that comply with national safety standards, and our friendly team is available to provide a free quote for your project. Call us at 1300 889 375 or enquire online for more information.
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