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Pool Gate Regulations


Gates installed around pool access areas must meet the minimum requirements below.

All products supplied and installed by SUBURBAN FENCING or its contractors meet or exceed these minimum requirements. Australian Standard 1926.1 – 1993; Is the recognized standard in Australia that is referenced into Western Australian Legislation regarding the design, construction and performance of a child safety barrier designed to restrict access to the pool area by children aged 4 and under. Local Government in assessing the performance of the barrier will benchmark the barrier against this standard.   Some information contained within guideline FD 5.05 is a reflection of this standard.

Direction of Opening

Gates should be hung so that they do not have movement towards the pool.  Movement of the gate away from the pool increases the difficulty for the child to disengage the latch and pull the gate open. Sliding gates are acceptable for meeting the requirements of the Legislation.

Automatic Closing Device

All gates must be fitted with a device that will return the gate to the closed position, immediately after opening. The closing device should be capable of complying with these requirements with the gate in any position, from resting on the latching mechanism, to fully open.

Latching Device

Gates should be fitted with a latching device that will automatically operate on the self closing of the gate.  The latch device must not release the gate from the closed position unless manual force is applied to the release mechanism.

Location of latching/release device

The latch or its release must not be located less than 1.50m from the finished ground level.
The highest of the lower horizontal members (rods, rails, bracing) used in the gate construction must not be located less than 1.40m from the latch release mechanism.


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