Retaining Walls

Retaining wall or cliffs used as part of a barrier

Stairs or ramps providing access to or from the pool are required to be provided with a fence and gate in accordance with barrier requirements.

Where the retaining wall or cliff has a height of 1,000 mm or higher, a minimum 1,000 mm high safety fence must be provided to prevent falls from the retaining wall or cliff.

Barrier above pool

Depending on the height of the wall or cliff, the following is required:

  • Retaining wall/cliff slope is not greater than 15 degrees.
  • Fence barrier on top of wall or cliff must be a minimum of 1,200 mm high.

Barrier below pool

Depending on the height of the wall or cliff, the following is required:

  • Retaining wall or cliff slope should be no greater than 15 degrees.
  • Retaining wall cliff fence barrier combination should be a combination of wall or cliff and fence to achieve minimum 1,200 mm high barrier, and a fence on top of the wall to be of a height for safety and not to cause a trip hazard.
Retaining wall diagram as per above description.

Retaining wall diagram for structures 1200mm to 1800mm high as described above.

Retaining Wall Diagram for structures 180mm or greater as described above.

Australian Standards relating to pools can be viewed at Sutherland Library or purchased from SAI Global.


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More information

Policies and documents

Pool Safely Booklet



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