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Swimming pool fencing

Let’s dive into the world of pool fencing, a world where safety meets style. A world where the shimmering surface of your swimming pool is securely fenced, not just for the safety of your loved ones, but also to add an aesthetic appeal to your pool area. Whether it’s an invigorating early morning plunge or a refreshing afternoon dip, the pool is the heart of your summer activities. But have you considered the fence that surrounds this oasis of relaxation?
All you need to know about swimming pool fencing in Australia

Short Summary

  • Aluminium and glass are popular pool fence materials that offer durability, style & safety.
  • Professional installers can ensure compliance with regulations for a safe and secure pool area.
  • Enhance security with additional features such as lights, alarms & cameras.

Choosing the right pool fence material

The choice of pool fence material is a pivotal decision that impacts safety, aesthetics, and compliance with pool fencing standards. After all, a pool fence is more than just a safety barrier; it’s a statement of style that defines your pool area. So, what is the right material for your pool fence?

There are numerous fencing products in the market, but aluminium and glass stand out as popular choices for pool fencing in Australia. Both materials offer a unique blend of durability, style, and safety. Aluminium, with its lightweight and rust-free properties, is a favourite for those who prefer a blend of elegance and simplicity. Glass, on the other hand, offers a sleek and modern look, allowing for an unobstructed view of your sparkling blue oasis.

Aluminium pool fencing

Aluminium pool fencing, with its cost-effectiveness, minimal upkeep, and straightforward installation, is a prime choice for many Australian pool owners. It’s a material that offers a balance of strength and style, making it a reliable and attractive option for pool fencing.

Aluminium pool fence panels are lightweight and rust-free, offering a flat top design for a sleek and modern appearance. They are compliant with AS1926.1 safety standards, ensuring a secure and safe pool fencing solution.

With their flexibility in design and color options, like the popular black pool fencing, aluminium fences can be customised to suit your style and pool area.

Glass pool fencing

If you’re leaning towards a more modern and stylish look, glass pool fencing may be the perfect fit for your pool area. Glass fencing offers an unobtrusive design, giving you a clear view of your pool while maintaining safety standards. Constructed from superior-grade glass materials, glass pool fencing features Grade A clear toughened safety glass that is easy to install. With over 40 different size panels available, you can design a pool fence that perfectly fits your pool area.

Glass pool fencing comes in two variations:

  • Semi-frameless - this is where the glass panels are supported by vertical glazing posts on either side, hence the name semi-frameless; and
  • Frameless - this is where the glass panels are only supported by the spiggots that secure the glass panels to the ground.

Other pool fencing

While Aluminium and glass are the most popular pool fence choices in Australia, there are a wide range of other options to personalise your pool zone. Some other stylish options include:

  • Bamboo fencing
  • Pool perf fencing
  • Soldier fencing - timber or metal
  • Block walls
  • Custom fencing
The Poolz Guide to Selecting the Best Pool Fence
Detailed information as well as a quick matrix comparing all pool fencing options

Pool fence pricing

Now that we’ve explored the types of materials, it’s time to dive into the economics of pool fencing. The cost of pool fencing can range from $200 to $800 per linear meter, depending on the material and the complexity of the installation process.

While aluminium pool fencing is a cost-effective option, glass pool fencing, with its sleek appearance and higher aesthetic appeal, can be on the higher end of the price range. The intricacy of the installation and any customisation can also impact the overall cost.

Therefore, while planning your new fence around the swimming pool, it’s important to consider these factors to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.

Pool Fencing Costs in Australia
Pool fencing pricing, the top 5 frequently asked questions and a huge cost-saving tip from our experts

Understanding pool fence regulations in Australia

Installing a pool fence is not just about safety and aesthetics; it’s also about adhering to regulations. In Australia, pool fence regulations are governed by local council, state building authorities, and state governments.

These regulations include standards for the earthing of metal features in close proximity to pools and spas to prevent potential electric shocks, which can be fatal in exceptional circumstances. Additionally, there are specific requirements when using your boundary fence as part of your pool fence.

By understanding these regulations, you can ensure that your pool fence is not only safe and secure, but also compliant.

Navigating state government regulations

Understanding and navigating state government building standards for pool fencing is crucial in ensuring compliance and safety. Each state in Australia has implemented its own building standards for pool fencing. For instance, in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory, the Australian Standard AS1926.1-2012 is the current national standard applicable to pool fences. These standards stipulate requirements like minimum fence height, gaps, and additional safety features like self-closing gates. By understanding these standards, you can ensure that your pool fence is not only safe, but also legally compliant.

Australian Pool Fencing Laws & Regulations
Links to all the State fencing laws along with the top 10 frequently asked questions about pool fencing

Using your boundary fence

In some situations, your existing boundary fence can serve as part of your pool fencing solution. However, there are specific regulations that must be adhered to. According to pool fencing laws, if a boundary fence is part of the pool fence in QLD, the barrier must be 1.8m high. Furthermore, the pool fence must be at least 1.2m in height, with no gap at the bottom exceeding 10cm from the finished ground level. This is a guideline only and you should seek clarification from your pool builder or local government.

By understanding and adhering to these requirements, you can effectively use your boundary fence as part of your pool fencing solution.

Designing your pool area with fencing in mind

Designing your pool area with fencing in mind is not just about security; it’s about creating a space that’s both safe and inviting. The right pool fence can enhance the overall aesthetic of your pool area, creating an outdoor oasis that’s perfect for relaxation and entertainment.

For example, a frameless glass pool fence can almost appear invisible in the right environment and can provide a seamless transition from your house to pool and beyond.

Remember that pool gates always open away from the pool zone, and allow for enough room when designing your pool fence location and gate positions.

Customising your pool fence

Customising your pool fence allows you to create a personalised look that reflects your style and complements your pool area. With a variety of materials, colors, and designs available, you can create a unique pool fence that enhances the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space.

Whether you prefer the sleek modernism of a glass fence or the classic elegance of an aluminium fence, customization options are plentiful. You can blend and combine different fencing styles, incorporate natural elements like stone for a rustic look, or choose from a range of colors to create a fence that perfectly suits your style and complements your pool area.

Installation process of pool fences

The installation process of a pool fence involves a series of steps that ensure safety and compliance with regulations. The process begins with measuring the area and preparing the ground, followed by installing the posts and attaching the fencing panels accordingly.

Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or prefer professional installation, understanding the process can help ensure a smooth installation. For instance, when installing the posts, it’s recommended that the holes be approximately 500/600mm deep and approx. 200mm in diameter. Once the fence panels are affixed to the posts, it’s important to verify the fence’s stability and security.

Hiring professional pool fence installers

While DIY installation of pool fencing can be a rewarding project, there are definite advantages to hiring professional pool fence installers. Professionals bring with them skills and experience that ensure the job is done right, efficiently, and in compliance with all regulations.

By engaging professional pool fence installers, you can benefit from their expertise in selecting the appropriate fence, economising, circumventing potential issues, and ensuring excellence in installation. Additionally, professional installers are well-versed in regulations and can ensure your fence is compliant, providing you with peace of mind.

Maintaining your pool fence

Maintaining your pool fence is essential to ensure its longevity and to keep it looking its best. Regular cleaning with a warm soapy solution and a soft cloth can keep your fence sparkling clean. It’s important to avoid using any glass cleaners or abrasive materials that could cause scratches on the glass panels. There are various specialist products available for cleaning glass pool fencing which can be purchased online.

Regular inspection of your pool fence can help identify any signs of damage, such as rust, cracks, or loose panels. If any damage is detected, prompt action should be taken to repair the fence. Regular maintenance and timely repairs can extend the lifespan of your fence and keep it looking great for years to come.

Enhancing pool security with additional features

Enhancing pool security goes beyond installing a sturdy and compliant fence. Additional features like solar fence lights, pool gate alarms, and outdoor security cameras can further improve the security of your pool area. Solar fence lights not only enhance the ambiance of your pool area, but also improve visibility and safety during the night.


From understanding the importance of pool fencing and exploring different materials to navigating regulations and enhancing security, we’ve covered a lot of ground in our journey through the world of pool fencing. The right pool fence not only ensures safety and compliance with regulations, but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your pool area.

Whether you’re installing a new fence or upgrading an existing one, remember that a pool fence is more than just a barrier - it’s an integral part of your outdoor oasis. So, make informed decisions, consider professional installation, and ensure regular maintenance. After all, your pool area is a space for relaxation and enjoyment, and the right pool fence can enhance that experience.

Frequently asked questions

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What is the most popular type of pool?
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The split between fibreglass and concrete pools in terms of numbers and popularity is very close - there is no clear winner. In some areas of Australia concrete pools are more popular and in others, fibreglass are more popular.

What colour options are available for pools?
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Swimming pool interior colour options are vast. Ranging from white through to black, with many shades of blue, grey and green, pools come in loads of colours. Each manufacturer (whether fibreglass or pebble or tiles) has a different range of colour options to choose from. 

The interior colour of your pool impacts both the perceived water colour of your pool and mood of your pool and pool zone.

What are the most popular pool types?
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The most popular pools in Australia are:

  • concrete pools - each one is custom made, giving the homeowner the ability to have exactly what they want in terms of style, colour, size, shape and depth,
  • fibreglass pools - with a wide range of sizes and shapes to pick from, fibreglass pools are generally a faster install option for those looking to swim sooner,
  • plunge pools - for those with limited space, or who only want to relax (instead of swimming), plunge pools are a fantastic option. They can be made from precast concrete, custom concrete or fibreglass.
  • shipping container pools - for properties on a steep slope, shipping container pools offer a wonderful solution. Only needing a stable footing, they can be perched high above the ground to suit a house on a steep slope.
What is the cost of a tempered glass pool fence?
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Glass pool fences are very popular and typically cost between $400 and $600 per linear meter installed, depending on the type of glass pool fence (eg. frameless or semi-frameless). Remember that installation complexity and other factors that may impact the effort required to install the fence will have an impact on the installed price. It is also important to remember that custom panels will cost substantially more.

What is the cost of a plexiglass or acrylic pool fence in Australia?
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On average, acrylic pool fences tend to cost around $200 to $400 per linear metre, depending on the complexity of installation and other factors. It is also worth noting that with any pool fencing, custom panels will always cost significantly more.

What is the cost of a stone pool fence in Australia?
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The cost of stone pool fence in Australia is usually around $2,000 to $2,500 per linear meter installed for a 1.2 metre high block wall with stone face on both sides (like sheets stacked stone). Individual, random and custom stone will greatly increase the price.However, please keep in mind that this is just a starting point, and the final cost may vary based on your specific requirements and location.

What is the typical cost of an aluminium pool fence in Australia?
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The cost of standard aluminium pool fencing can start at around $200 per linear meter installed, plus about $500 per gate. However, please keep in mind that this is just a starting point, and the final cost may vary based on your specific requirements and location.

What are the benefits of hiring professional pool fence installers?
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By hiring pool fencing professionals, you can be sure that the fence you choose is the right one for your needs, is well installed and meets the local government regulations. A professional installer should also be able to give you advice and recommendations to suit your specific requirements.

What are the regulations for pool fencing in Australia?
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Pool fencing regulations in Australia are governed by the state governments. Whilst very similar, each state has their own regulations. 

These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of pool users and to reduce the risk of injury or death due to electrocution. The regulations cover the height of the fence, the type of materials used, the spacing of the fence posts, and more.

What are the different materials available for pool fencing?
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Aluminium and glass are popular materials for pool fencing, providing a combination of style, durability, and safety. They are both strong and long-lasting, and can be designed to fit any pool area. They are also easy to maintain and can be customised to suit any aesthetic.

There are more styles available that you can find in our pool fencing section on our website.

What are the key considerations for selecting the appropriate pool fence material?
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Safety, security, and aesthetic considerations are key when selecting the appropriate pool fence material, as well as adhering to applicable pool fencing standards.

How much does pool fencing cost in Australia?
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Pool fencing and installation typically costs between $400 - $600 per linear metre, depending on the type of fence you select. Aluminium pool fencing is usually around $200 - $250 per linear metre, where as semi-frameless glass pool fencing is around $400 - $550 per linear metre and frameless glass pool fencing is approximately $550 - $650 per linear metre.

The number and style of gates will also impact the price.

What is the difference between a concrete, shotcrete and gunite?
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In short, all are a form of concrete and are quite similar. Concrete is a mix of water, cement, sand and coarse aggregates, normally gravel or stone. The cement binds the sand and aggregate together which hardens to form concrete.

Gunite differs from concrete in two main ways. Firstly, unlike concrete which uses large and small aggregates, gunite only uses small particles. The other difference is in how it is mixed. The concrete for swimming pools typically comes pre-mixed and needs to be applied in one go to avoid weak points, whereas a dry mix of gunite is fired through a howe with the water being added at the point of delivery. Unlike a concrete pool, this means you can stop and start when using gunite without any issues. Due to this difference in technique and the smaller particles, gunite also offers a smoother finish and is less prone to cracking than concrete.

Shotcrete is pretty much the same thing as concrete (it comes ready mixed), but instead of being poured when it is applied, it is fired out of a hose at high speed - hence the name!

What is the best pool shape for a small backyard?
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For small backyards, you the best choices are either a plunge pool (which are typically round, square or rectangular), or a freeform pool. Plunge pools can be prefabricated and installed quickly or custom build. Freeform pools, with curves and irregular shapes, can be tailored to the exact size and shape of the space available, however must be custom build on site. Freeform pools also provide more room for the addition of patio furniture, decks, and landscaping to make it look even more inviting.

Adding these features can create a beautiful and inviting outdoor space that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

What is the best shape pool to get?
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For the best shape pool, opt for a classic rectangular design. It offers a sleek and modern look that provides plenty of space to swim laps or enjoy other water exercises. Sticking with a rectangular shape pool also gives you the most options when it comes to pool types - you now have the option of both concrete and a fibreglass pool. Whereas if you go with a freeform pool or L-shaped pool, or any other shape that is less common, you will be limited to a concrete pool.

What is the cheapest swimming pool to build?
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The cheapest swimming pool to build is an above ground vinyl-liner pool. These pools are affordable and can be great for those with tight budgets who are looking to enjoy more leisure time.

Although they require a liner change approximately every 10 years, these pools offer great value for money.

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