Registration of Swimming Pools
Recent amendments to the Swimming Pools act 1992 require property owners with pools and spa pools to register their swimming pool online. The registration must be completed by 28 October, 2013. Failure to register your pool within the allowed time can incur a fine of $220.00.
Pools can be registered online at NSW Swimming Pool Register. You will be required to complete a self-assessment of the pool and checklists are available as a guide. For further information the guides are available at NSW Swimming Pool Register Checklists.
From 29 October, 2013 the local Council will implement inspection programmes on all pools.
Selling or Leasing your property
When selling or leasing your property with a pool or spa pool you are required by legislation to ensure the pool complies with the Swimming Pools Act 1992.
From 29 April, 2016 if you decide to lease or sell your property with a pool you will required to provide a compliance certificate in the Contract for the Sale of Land or Lease.
The Compliance Certificate will confirm that the pool or spa at the property is compliant with legislation.
The certificate can be obtained through the local council and the current fee is $150.00. If a subsequent inspection is required a further $100.00 is payable.
First Home Owners Grant
First Home Owners Grant (New Homes) Scheme
The First Home Owners Grant (New Homes) Scheme was introduced on 1 October, 2012 to assist eligable first home owners to purchase a new home, or build their home, by offering a $15,000- grant. The scheme applies only to new homes with a Contract date on or after 1 October, 2012 and will be reduced to $10,000- on 1 January, 2016.
New Home Grant Scheme
The New Home Grant Scheme was introduced on 1 July, 2012 and provides a grant of $5,000- towards the purchase of new homes, homes off the plan and vacant land on which a new home will be built.
Payment of the grant is made as a credit against duty payable on the agreement for sale or transfer.
If the stamp duty is more than $5,000- the difference between the duty and the grant will be payable by the client.
If the stamp duty is less than $5,000- no duty is payable and the difference between duty payable and the grant will be paid by cheque on completion of the registration of transfer.
Regional Relocation Grants
The Regional Relocation Grant commenced on 1 July, 2011 and will cease on 30 June, 2015.
The grant will provide a one off payment of $7,000- to approved applicants who relocate from metropolitan areas to regional areas for employment, self-employment or to purchase a home.
The Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive commenced on 1 January, 2014 and provides a $10,000- grant for eligable employment or self-employment relocation to regional areas. It is paid in two equal instalments, with the second paid in 12 months after the first. This grant cannot be made until 3 months after the applicant has commenced employment.
An applicant relocating to regional NSW can only apply for one of the above grants.