Keep Children Safe and Intruders Out with Temporary Pool Fences

When having a pool installed, one must also have a temporary pool fence. By law, until a permanent fence is installed, the property owner must have a temporary pool fence.

Safety First

With temporary pool fencing, one can be sure that neighbors and children will be safe. A temporary fence will keep small children from wandering away and drowning in the pool. It will also help keep unwanted people from taking a swim while the owners are not around.


Temporary pool fences must meet all Australian safety standards. There are companies that specialize in temporary fences for pools. These companies will send employees to set the pool fence up. Once the property owner is ready to install a permanent fence, the company will send employees to take the temporary fence down and remove it from the property.


Both the permanent fence and the temporary fence should meet certain regulations. Before a pool can be filled with more than 300mm of water, it must be surrounded by a fence. The fence must not be climbable. There should not be any footholds deeper than 10mm.
The fence must also be at least 1200mm high and should be made with durable materials. Some suitable materials include timber, fibre cement, glass, and steel. As long as the material meets the Australian strength standards and cannot be climbed, it will be suitable for the fence.

The fence must not be close enough to other objects which may make it possible for people to jump the fence. These objects, including trees and balconies, should at least 900mm from the fence. The gap at the bottom should also be small enough that no one can crawl under the fence. The gap must be no more than 100mm.
All pool fences, whether temporary or permanent, require permits and inspections.

Temporary pool fences are only allowed for up to three months. Once the three month period is over, a permanent pool fence must be installed. Above ground pools may also require a fence. If the pool holds more than 300mm of water, a qualified fence must surround it. People who have backyard pools need to register the pools in order to get an inspection and compliance certificate. These certificates are valid for two years for backyard pools. For pools that are being shared at places such as caravan parks, motels, and apartments, the inspection and compliance certificate will be valid for one year.

Temporary pool fences help keep children safe and intruders out. Avoid trouble by following all pool fencing laws.