Pool and Spa Safety

As a swimming pool or spa pool owner, you are responsible for safety.

Drowning is the biggest cause of accidental death for young children. Most occur in private backyard swimming pools. You can reduce the risk of accidents occurring in your swimming pool or spa pool by installing appropriate safety barriers and ensuring young children are supervised at all times.

In a life-threatening or urgent situation phone the emergency services on 000.


All swimming pools or spa pools must have a continuous safety barrier maintained by the pool owner that restricts access by young children to the pool. Fencing must be constructed in such a way to make sure that:

  • the fence is an effective barrier to young children
  • it is permanent
  • young children can’t crawl under or climb over it by using foot and hand holds
  • it is at least 1.2 metres high
  • it is no more than 100mm of the ground
  • any boundary fences used as part of the child-safety barrier are at least 1.8 metres high on the side that faces the pool, with a 900 millimetres non-climbable zone at the top inside of the fence, a boundary barrier may be climbable on the neighbour’s side.
  • there must be a cpr sign in the pool area

Gates to the pool area must:

  • swing outward from the pool area
  • be self-closing from any position
  • be fitted with a latching device, out of reach of small children, at least 1.5 metres above ground level.
  • hinges must be a minimum of 900mm apart
  • it is no higher than 100mm of the ground

Selling Or Renting A House With A Pool Or Spa?

By LAW your pool or Spa must be compliant before settlement or in the case of renting before tenants move in.

With us, you get professional inspectors who will see if your pool complies with all the state and local requirement for AS1926.1 1926.2 AS1926.3 Ministers specification SA76D and any Government amendments depending on the year your pool was built.

After inspection if not compliant we can advise on what needs to be done to bring your pool/spa up to standard with Comprehensive written reports and photos.

We can also offer minor repairs on the spot. Compliance certificates can be supplied on the spot (if compliant).

We are available 7 days a week.

Do you own a Pool or Spa? Is your Pool/Spa Safe ?

Did you know that many pools fail their first inspection? Don’t leave it to chance and risk a loved ones life.

Over time, gate latches and hinges wear out, fence panels rust, bolts become loose, and trees grow into the pool area making them climbable and easy to access the pool enclosure. Over the last five years more than 150 Australian children under the age of five drowned, with over 50% due to faulty gate latches or hinges. While all these drowning deaths are preventable, it is the 50% that occur in home swimming pools where your immediate action can make a difference. Home pool fencing and effective supervision can reduce these tragic drowning deaths to zero. We can replace hinges/latches/etc. on the spot, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle.

Don’t risk it…you may only get one chance.


Pool & Spa Inspections Adelaide

Malthouse Pool and Spa Inspections is always available for any questions or clarifications you may have about the inspection and certification process. We want to make sure that each potential client we have in the Adelaide metropolitan region in South Australia is comfortable with us before we start. See the frequently asked questions on this page for more information.