Provisions that require a property with a swimming pool to have a certificate of compliance before it can be sold or leased will now commence on 29 April 2016. Changes to laws relating to swimming pool fencing were initiated in 2012 to improve children’s safety around pools. The changes require that properties with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold, and new leases cannot be entered into, unless the property has a valid Certificate of Compliance or relevant occupation certificate. This also applies to common property pools and spas in strata and community schemes. It is the responsibility of the owner, owners corporation, manager or operator of the common property to ensure that the pool complies with pool safety laws. If you have not already done so, the first step is to register your pool here. There is more information on the compliance process and your obligations here.