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Safer Pool Choices

If you own a pool, you’ll know you are responsible for meeting South Australian safety requirements.

To help protect your neighbours, friends and family make sure your pool is fully fenced.


  • Every Australian who owns a pool with a depth of 300mm or more is required to fence it in accordance with State or Territory legislation. This also applies to spa pools and portable pools.
  • In the majority of cases where children aged under five years have drowned, the swimming pool fences have not complied with the legislation. Your local council can provide information on what your responsibilities are.
  • Ensure your pool fence has a self-closing, self-latching gate in working order. Many children have drowned when their carer was unaware they were anywhere near the pool.
  • All portable pools supplied in Australia are required to display a warning label with general safety information, including whether fencing laws apply. If you purchase a portable pool, follow this safety advice and contact your local council for information if fencing is required.
  • Active supervision is always necessary. Stay at arm’s length when your child is learning to swim.
  • Pool toys and floatation aids have been involved in many cases where children have drowned or been seriously injured. Only use floatation aids in good order, appropriate for the age and weight of the child. Don’t forget to tidy toys away after use so they don’t attract children into the pool.

Make safer pool choices with pool safety information on:

Portable pool safety checklist

Portable pools may also be advertised as wading pools, paddling pools, inflatable pools and kiddie pools.

Safety checklist:

  • Check with your local council for fencing requirements.
  • Always actively supervise children within arms’ reach whenever they are in or around the water.
  • Never rely on older children to supervise younger children, no matter how confident you are in their ability.
  • For smaller pools ensure they are emptied and put away after use.
  • When not in use, store the pool securely out of reach of young children.
  • Ensure the pool cannot fill with rain water or water from sprinklers.
  • Don’t exceed the number of adults or children the pool can safely hold.

For more information on how to make your portable pool safe see these two factsheets: