Below is a list of relevant Australian and International Standards for Swimming pools and active water space.

Standards relevant to the operation and management of aquatic centres within Australia:

Standard ID  Descriptor 
AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management – principles and guidelines
ISO 10535 Hoists for the Transfer of Disabled Persons – Requirements and Test Methods
HB 197 Introductory Guide to the Slip Resistance of Pedestrian Surface Materials
HB 205 OHS Risk Management Handbook
AS 1319 Safety Signs for the Occupational Environment
AS 1345 Identification of the Contents of Pipes, Conduits and Ducts
AS 1428.1 Design for Access and mobility
AS 1894 The Storage and Handling of non-flammable cryogenic and refrigerated liquids
AS 1926 Swimming Pool Safety; Safety barriers for swimming pools
AS 1926.3 Water Recirculation and Filtration Systems
AS 2259 General Requirements for Buoyancy Aids
AS 2416 Water safety, Signs and Beach Safety Flags
AS 2569.1 Safe Manual Lifting and Moving of Patients
AS 2569.2 Selection and Use of Mechanical Aids for Patient Lifting and Moving
AS 2610.1 Public Spas
AS 2927 The Storage and Handling and Liquefied Chlorine Gas
AS 3533.1 Amusement Rides and Devices Part 1: Design and Construction
AS 3533.4.5. Amusement Rides and Devices Part 4.5: Specific requirements – Waterborne inflatables
AS 3745 Emergency Control Organisation and Procedures for Buildings
AS 3780 The storage and handling of corrosive substances
AS 3979 Hydrotherapy Pools
AS 4326 The Storage and Handling of Oxidizing Agents
AS 4331 The Storage and Handling of Gasses in Cylinders


Relevant National & State Acts, Regulations and Codes of Practice that are applicable for Aquatic and Recreation Centres

  • Code of Practice for the Storage and Handling of Dangerous Goods (VIC)
  • Storage and Handling of Workplace Dangerous Goods (TAS)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act (VIC)
  • Equipment (public safety) Act
  • Dangerous Goods Regulations (National)
  • Health & Well Being Regulations (VIC)
  • Building Code of Australia
  • Dangerous Goods Regulations (National)
  • Workplace Health and Safety Act (TAS) 1995

Design and construction of active water spaces and aquatic centres

Standard ID  Descriptor 
AS 1170 Dead and Live loads
AS 1428 Design for Access and Mobility, Part 1: General Requirements for
Access – New Building Work Introductory Guide to the Slip Resistance of Pedestrian Surface Materials
AS 1838 Swimming Pools – Pre-Moulded Fibre-Reinforced Plastics – Design and Fabrication
Safety Signs for the Occupational Environment
AS 2312 Guide to the Protection of Iron and Steel Against Exterior Atmospheric
Corrosion Design for Access and mobility
AS 2634 Chemical Plant Equipment Made from Glass-Fibre Reinforced Plastics (GRP) Based on Thermosetting Resins
AS 4041 Pressure Piping
AS 4100 Steel Structures
AS 4422 Playground Surfacing – Specifications, Requirements and Test Method.
AS 4750 Electro-Galvanized (zinc) Coatings on Ferrous Hollow Sections
ASTM- 35 Steel Pipes
CAN/CSA G40 Structural Quality Steels
CSA G164 Hot Dip Galvanizing of Irregularly Shaped Articles
ASTM F2376 Standard Practice for Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction and Operation of Water Slides
EN 1069 -1 Safety Requirements and Test Methods – Waterslides
EN 1069 – 2 Instructions – Waterslides
AS/NZS 4486 Playgrounds and Playground Equipment, Part 1: Development, Installation, Inspection, Maintenance and Operation (plus referenced documents)
AS 4685 Playground Equipment. Part 1: General Safety Requirements and Test Methods (in particular Parts 1 and Part 5)
ASTM1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground

Useful Aquatic and Recreation Resources

  • ARV SRV (2011) Pool concourse guidelines – design, construction, management, maintenance considerations. www.aquaticsandrecreation.org.au
  • ARV SRV (2011) Indoor Aquatic and recreation facility development guidelines – component mix, catchment populations, planning and delivery considerations www.aquaticsandrecreation.org.au
  • Department of Health Western Australia (2013) Code of practice for the design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of aquatic facilities.
  • Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming
  • Sport and Recreation Victoria (2015) www.sport.vic.gov.au Design for everyone guide
  • Universal Design Fact Sheet, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, State Government of Victoria www.dtpli.vic.gov.au