Portable swimming pools

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for the labelling of portable swimming pools.

About portable swimming pools

The mandatory standard applies to portable swimming pools that are both:

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

The mandatory standard applies to spas, hot tubs or whirlpool tubs that meet the definition above. For example if a spa is inflatable, it is captured by the mandatory standard.

Hazards

Children can drown in only a few centimetres of water.

Mandatory standard

Consumer Goods (Portable Swimming Pools) Safety Standard 2013 sets out the mandatory requirements for portable swimming pools.

You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

Safety labelling

A portable swimming pool and its retail packaging must display a warning message that is:

  • permanent
  • legible
  • of a certain height
  • in contrast to the background colour of the packaging
  • on front of the package.

If the depth of the portable swimming pool is less than 300 mm, the warning message must include the following statement:

'WARNING!
Children have drowned in portable swimming pools.
Ensure active adult supervision at all times.
Do not leave children unsupervised in or around the pool—keep them within arm's reach.
Empty and store safely after use.'

If the depth of the portable swimming pool is 300 mm or more, the warning message must include the following statement:

'WARNING!
Children have drowned in portable swimming pools.
Ensure active adult supervision at all times.
Do not leave children unsupervised in or around the pool—keep them within arm's reach.
Pool fencing laws apply to this pool. Consult your local government authority for fencing requirements.'

All portable swimming pools must display this safety sign:

Round icon in blue showing a person supervising a child in the pool.

Does this apply to your business?

Under the Australian Consumer Law supply includes:

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

This ban applies to anyone in the business of supplying this product, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.