In NSW, there are two key pieces of legislation for pools:
The Public Health Act 2010, and
The Swimming Pools Act 1993.
The Swimming Pools Act 1993 affects pools that are or are proposed to be on premises with a residential building, a moveable dwelling (for example, a caravan or manufactured home) or tourist and visitor accommodation, including:
- indoor Pools, and
- outdoor pools, and
- above-ground pools, and
- in-ground pools, and
- temporary pools, and
- concrete pools, and
- fibreglass pools, and
- spa pools (but not spa baths in a bathroom).
The Public Health Act affects public pools, which includes:
- a pool to which the public is admitted as an entitlement of membership of a club, or
- a pool provided at a workplace for the use of employees, or
- a pool provided at a hotel, motel or guest house or at holiday units, or similar facility, for the use of guests, or
- a pool provided at a school or hospital, or
- a pool situated at private residential premises, but only if that pool is used for commercial purposes.