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The mandatory standard for portable swimming pools came into effect on 30 March 2014. It covers labelling requirements for portable swimming pools.

Under the mandatory standard, portable swimming pools are items that are both:

  • intended for personal, domestic or household use
  • one of the following:
    1. an inflatable swimming pool, of any depth
    2. a soft-sided swimming pool, of any depth
    3. a rigid-sided swimming pool that is not deeper than 300 mm.

The mandatory standard does not apply to spas, hot tubs or whirlpool tubs unless they meet the definition above.

Mandatory standard

The Consumer Goods (Portable Swimming Pools) Safety Standard 2013 prescribes requirements for this mandatory standard. This mandatory standard came into effect on 30 March 2014.

Does this apply to your business?

Under the ACL, supply includes:

  • in relation to goods - supply (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase, and
  • in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.

This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying portable swimming pools, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.

Complying with the mandatory standard

To fully understand how to comply with the mandatory standard, suppliers must read the Consumer Goods (Portable Swimming Pools) Safety Standard 2013.

Penalties and consequences

Supplying portable swimming pools that do not meet the mandatory standard can make you liable for heavy fines and product recalls. For more details, view Penalties and consequences.


Portable pools pose a serious drowning risk to children. The ACCC and state and territory consumer affairs regulators have partnered with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to educate consumers about the drowning dangers associated with portable pools and provide tips and resources to help keep kids safe.


Portable pools pose a serious drowning risk to children. This summer, before you buy or use a portable pool, consider how you can “Make it Safe” – watch this video to find out more.

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