Entries by John Denoon

Changes to Certification Contracts

From July 1 2020, a new Building and Development Certifiers Act was legislated in NSW. There are two main changes to be aware of: Cl.30, B&DC Reg: A contract must include a declaration by the person for whom the certification work is to be carried out confirming that the person: i. has freely chosen to […]


On September 1, 2018, the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 of NSW was revoked and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2018 took effect. Under the new Regulation 2018, the following changes occured : The local authorities can now of charge fees for the third and every succeeding swimming pool inspections. The maximum fees for exemption applications that […]

Pool Registration Fine

Federal Senator David Leyonhjelm has been ordered by a Magistrate to pay the City of Canada Bay $4,300 including court costs for refusing to register a pool at his Drummoyne home. Council had previously sent three notices to the Senator asking him to register his pool plus a fine of $220. Registration of pools in […]

Toddler drowns in Sydney backyard pool

A toddler has drowned after she was pulled unconscious from a backyard swimming pool in Sydney’s west. The girl, two, was pulled from the water on Wednesday evening 9th January 2019 and was treated by paramedics at the scene but later died in hospital, AAP reports. Emergency services were called to a home on Greenbank Drive in Werrington […]

Toddler drowns in backyard pool in Port Stephens

A toddler has drowned in a backyard pool in Port Stephens on Sunday evening 16th December 2018 as reported by Rachel Clun of The Sydney Morning Herald. The 19-month-old boy was in the backyard of a home on Marsh Road in Bobs Farm with his father when he managed to slip unnoticed into the pool. The […]

Swimming Pools Regulation 2018

These are the main changes introduced with the Swimming Pool Regulation 2018 that affect certification work: Certifiers must record details for certificates of non-compliance on the Swimming Pool Register within three days of inspection. Pool barriers may comply with the BCA using deemed-to-satisfy or performance solution pathways. Occupiers must display a warning notice while a […]

Why all the fuss about pool certification in 2015?

Swimming pool safety legislation can be complicated. It’s estimated that 90% of NSW swimming pools do not comply with state safety regulations, and the numbers of drownings and near drownings every year in the greater Sydney area alone are concerning. Urgent reform is needed to make more Sydney and NSW pools safe, and force owners […]