Reminder – stay safe around portable pools this Australia Day

24 January 2017

With Aussies traditionally celebrating Australia Day by the pool, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding consumers to be conscientious around water, including portable pools.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said a spate of recent tragedies and near-drownings in Australia brought home the tragic consequences when things go wrong near water.

“Parents and caregivers need to take absolute care when kids are around any body of water, whether it be the ocean, family pool or portable pool,” Mr Bauer said.

“Portable pools can often seem a safer option, given their small size, but young children can drown in only a few centimetres of water.

“Portable swimming pools, and their packaging, must display permanent warning labels, drawing attention to drowning hazards and fencing laws.

“If a portable swimming pool is deeper than 300mm, it must be fenced.

“Ultimately though, nothing replaces close adult supervision.”

A fence must be installed around a portable swimming pool if:

  • water depth reaches more than 300mm, or
  • the volume is more than 2000L, or
  • a filtration system is required.

It is strongly recommended parents:

  • actively supervise their children
  • never rely on older children to supervise
  • learn CPR and update skills regularly
  • empty and store portable pools away from children.

The OFT urges consumers to carefully read any warning labels, and act on the advice at all times – it is there for a reason. If a permanent warning label is missing from a portable pool or its packaging, it should be reported to the OFT at or on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

For more information about warning labels on portable swimming pools, visit