Just weeks before the deadline, the NSW Office of Local Government announced that the provisions requiring a property with a swimming pool to have a certificate of compliance before it is sold or leased will be delayed by 12 months.
REINSW CEO Tim McKibbin congratulated the Government on making the decision to extend the compliance period as it was evident that the number of existing qualified inspectors was inadequate to respond to market demand.
“REINSW is in complete support of initiatives to minimise the risk of death or injuries occurring in swimming pools. However, we believe the Minister has acted appropriately in delaying the introduction of the requirements by 12 months,” Mr McKibbin said.
“Earlier this year we sought a deferral from the Minister in order to avoid adverse consequences for the sale and leasing of properties captured by the legislation.
“With some 300,000 pools and spas across the state, REINSW suggested that some transitional procedures be implemented as part of the commencement of the obligation.
“REINSW is satisfied that the additional time will allow the smooth implementation of the new procedures.”
Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government Ross Woodward acknowledged that additional work being generated for repairs and upgrades to swimming pool barriers is placing pressure on pool trades and services.
“The successful ‘Be Pool Safe’ campaign has increased focus on child safety around backyard pools resulting in positive action by pool owners to improve the safety of backyard swimming pools on a daily basis,” Mr Woodward said.
“Real estate industry representatives want more time to ensure properties with a pool are compliant before selling or leasing.
“Council officer feedback indicates that high inspection failure rates mean that it is not uncommon for it to take three months from first inspection to the issuing of a compliance certificate.”
Mr McKibbin encouraged property managers to systematically work through the properties they are responsible for and ask their clients to obtain these certificates now, as the 12 month delay will pass quickly.