The fence and its immediate surrounds are to be designed to form an effective barrier against child access at any point. Fencing must be a permanent structure, unable to be removed or undone by hand or key at any point. Fencing must be free of sharp edges, sharp projections and similar hazards.
Types of materials
Fencing may be constructed of any material, provided it is durable and complies with the Australian Standard 1926.1.-2012. If the material used for the construction of
the fence is suspected to be non-compliant the City may request a copy of a test report confirming its suitability.
The effective fencing height shall be no less than 1200mm at any point (measured from the finished ground level and any climbable object outside of the fence). There must be a 900mm non-climbable zone on the outside of the fence. Bushes, pumps, filters, taps, and meter boxes are examples of problematic climbable objects.
Openings that are 13mm or less are deemed unclimbable. If the opening is greater than 13mm but less than 100mm, the fence must be at least 1800mm in height.
The space between the finished ground level and the lowest horizontal member of the fencing shall not exceed 100mm and the ground must be stable.
Horizontal surfaces (including rods/braces/hinges)
Unless gaps between the verticals are 10mm or less, and horizontal rails of the fence are inaccessible or on the inside of the fence, the horizontal surfaces must be at least 900mm apart. There must be a 900mm non-climbable zone anywhere within the vertical height of the barrier.
Spacing between uprights must not exceed 100mm. Vertical members must be strong and rigid with very little flexibility.
Indentations and projections
Any indentation, projection or gap greater than 10mm may be considered climbable. A wedge or fillet of at least 60 degrees to the horizontal can be fitted to most projections to render it unclimbable, although it must be flush with the wall/fence behind.
Boundary barrier (dividing fences)
If a dividing fence or front fence forms part of the barrier, it must:
- Be at least 1800mm in height on the inside of the barrier
- Have 900mm non-climbable zone, measured from the top of the fence, on the inside of the barrier.
Above ground pools or spas
The walls of the pool or spa can be used as the barrier if they are not less than 1200mm in height and have no climbable projections or indentations. A fence and gate that complies with the Australian Standard 1926.1-2012 must be fitted around the designated access point to the above ground pool or spa.