The barrier

Fenced spa pool

Barriers not on a property boundary

  • The barrier should be a minimum of 1.2 metres high
  • All the materials used must be sturdy
  • The barrier must be built in such a way that a child aged five or under will not be able to climb over, squeeze through or crawl under it from the outside
  • The barrier can be of vertical pales, posts or panels which must be no more than 100 mm apart
  • Any bracing, supports, wires, rails or rods which are not vertical must be positioned in such a way as to make them inaccessible for climbing from the outside.

Barriers on a property boundary

  • Must not be less than 1800mm high, measured from the ground level on the pool side, and
  • Have no openings that a 100mm sphere could pass through, and
  • Be located not less than 1000mm horizontally from the waters edge, and
  • Have a 900mm high zone on the pool side of the barrier that begins not more than 150mm from the top, and constructed to prevent a child climbing down into the pool area as per F9/AS1.
Barriers with Horizontal Structures

In the event that a barrier has horizontal structures, such as bars, rods, wires or bracing, which are accessible from outside, they must be at least 900 mm apart and there must be no other support or structure (apart from a vertical rail) between them which might make climbing possible for a young child.

Using netting, mesh or perforated material in barrier construction

Steel wire mesh with square openings may be used as an alternative to the solid panel shown in (e) in Figure 1 F9/AS1 provided the openings do not have a side dimension greater than 13 mm. Panels with steel wire mesh having openings measuring between 13 mm and 35 mm on a side shall be not less than 1800 mm high but may have a gap at the base of not more than 100 mm.