How to Have a Compliant and Safe Above Ground Pool

There are many people who dream of having their own swimming pool in their backyard. The thought of having pools right in your backyard can be great especially for your kids.

Nowadays, above ground pools are in demand. It is also a good alternative for in-ground pools. Like any other pools in NSW, above ground pools should be safe to use and compliant with the law at the same time.

With that, here are the things you need to know about above ground pools and how to make it compliant and safe for your kids.

Benefits of using above ground pool

Above ground pools are pools that are constructed with steel or polymer structures. Unlike in-ground pools, it is installed above the ground with its waterproofing PVC membrane overlaying the walls and the floor.

Using above ground pool has many benefits. Here are some of them.

1. Affordable – Above ground pools are known to be a great option if you are on a budget. Although it is affordable, above ground pools are also known to have high-quality and can last for many years.

2. Wide variety of choices – With above ground pools, you will never run out of choices for its size, shape and construction materials used. You can have a full control over how your pool will look like. Additionally, more options mean it can give you flexibility with the budget and space available.

3. Easy and fast to install – Compared to in-ground pools, above ground pools can be installed surprisingly fast. However, installation time depends on several factors such as style of the pool, state of the place where you want to install the pool, etc.

4. Easy to maintain – Above ground pools are basically easy to maintain. It may only require lesser chemicals which can ultimately save your time and money. Moreover, if you spend a little more time every week to check its skimmer basket, basket on the pump, pressure gauge, etc., then you can prevent a lot of pool problems. 

Types of above ground pool

Above ground pools can come in different sizes and shapes. Here are the common types of above ground pools.

  • Steel or aluminium – This type of pool is mainly made with either aluminium or steel and can be a rolled type or slat wall type. When it comes to the configuration of this pool type, it all depends on your budget. Nonetheless, steel or aluminium above ground pools is the most popular type.

  • Resin plastic – Resin type of above ground pools is known to last longer than other types. The resin plastic material can withstand high temperature and long wear use. However, it is important for the resin pool to be covered with UV protection coating which can hold up for years.

  • Solid core – This pool is made of thick wall panels that are more solid and sturdy than other pool types. If you want to have in-ground pool but you are on a budget, then solid core above ground pool is a good alternative. Its price is three times less than an in-ground pool.

  • Inflatable – Inflatable above ground pools are portable and not meant to remain up for a long time. This type requires a flat surface in order to install it properly. It is typically made of PVC material. Basically, you have to inflate the pool’s sidewalls for the pool to be filled with water. Inflatable above ground pools is also inexpensive and quick to install.

For pool owners, it is necessary to know that above ground pools are not exempted with the swimming pool fencing law. Like in-ground pools, they should also follow relevant State rules for pool safety fence. Read on below for more. 

Above Ground Pool Fence Regulations

For inflatable pools

If you are planning to own an above ground pool, specifically inflatable pools, there are pool fencing legislation you need to obey. Moreover, you must observe all warning label information that is attached to the packaging of the inflatable pool. This information may vary depending on the pools height.

  • Small inflatable pools under 300mm

Pool owners who have inflatable pools with a height of under 300mm should follow the following warning labels:

  1. Potential drowning accidents can happen even in shallow water. Thus, pool owners and parents should supervise their children at all times when using inflatable pools.

  2. Make sure that water is kept clean and pure. When pools are left for a long period of time, it can be contaminated and can cause illnesses such as diarrhoea and allergies.

  3. When the pool is not in use, always empty it. Store the pool safely away from the reach of children.

  • Large inflatable pools with 300mm or more in height

Follow these warning labels if your inflatable pool is 300mm or more in height.

  1. Same as for smaller pools, follow the 3 warning labels listed above.

  2. Consult your local council before buying this product. Note that pool fencing laws also affect this product.

An above ground pool should be installed by a licensed builder. Above ground pools should also be treated the same way as other swimming pool under Swimming Pools Regulations 2008, Swimming Pool Act 1992 and Australian Standards AS 1926.1

Is a pool fence required around an above ground pool?

According to the Swimming Pools Regulations 2008, the walls of the above ground pool (including inflatable pools) is not considered as an effective child-resistant barrier. This means that this type of pools must still comply with the pool fence compliance regulations.

This regulation was also stated on the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part 3.9.3. Aside from the pool safety legislations, pool owners should always keep their above ground pools in good condition.

Maintaining above-ground pools

Here are some practices on how to maintain an above-ground pool:

  • Above ground pools should have regular water testing, vacuuming and cleaning.

  • The pool’s equipment such as filters, heaters, etc. should also be maintained.

  • Since rust and corrosion is the biggest issue with above ground pools, regularly check the pool parts which includes pool railings, liners, etc.

  • Check for any leak around its fittings or skimmer box.


If you are looking for a perfect pool for your backyard, above ground pools can be a great option. It is also a good substitute for in-ground pools. An above ground pool is a great investment to bring enjoyment to your family.

As a pool owner, you should not forget that above ground pools are not exempted from following pool compliance egulation. To make sure that your pool is safe to use and follows the relevant pool fencing law, you can ask for assistance from an local expert.

In NSW, an accredited pool inspector can provide complete pool inspection and repair services to make your above ground pools compliant and safe for use.