Pool fencing under fire in Senate inquiry

11 September 2015

Pool fencing laws seem likely to get a mention during a Federal Senate inquiry that's begun today into the Australian "nanny state".

The "personal choice and community impacts inquiry" was instigated by Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, who's concerned the Government is intruding into people's personal lives.

The inquiry's priority is focused on bicycle helmets, alcohol laws, marijuana and tobacco sales and the classification of publications, films and computer games, but media reports today have mentioned that pool fencing could also be discussed.

Royal Life Saving will put in a submission to the enquiry, as we believe the pool fencing evidence is very strong, and that every child has a right to be protected from drowning.

Pool fencing which completely encloses all sides of a swimming pool and isolates it from the home has been found to be effective in preventing drowning of young children by an independent and systematic review.

With drowning being a leading cause of unintentional death in children under five in Australia (most commonly in swimming pools), Royal Life Saving WA is supportive of legislation that strengthens pool fencing, including installation and ongoing maintenance.