Nearly eight out of ten pools in Lake Macquarie are failing safety checks and the flunk rate appears to be a statewide trend.

New state legislation means pool safety inspections will soon be mandatory, with the job being left to councils.

Council has inspected 360 pools since July (2013) and is currently inspecting the suburb of Eleebana.

Council’s chief building surveyor Greg Brook says given Lake Macquarie has 20,000 pools, the high failure rate is concerning.

“Probably three of the most common faults that they’re coming across is in regard to the pool gates not being self closing or self latching,” he said.

“A lot of the pools don’t have current resuscitation charts and probably one of the biggest concerns we have is that a lot of the pools have objects that are too close to the fence that are providing foot holes for children.”

Mr Brook says he has discussed the high rate of non-compliance with other local government areas.

“Every council across the state is reporting high failure rates,” he said.

That has prompted renewed calls from Lake Macquarie councillor Barry Johnston for state government funding of the pool inspection program.

“They should be getting the fees and paying the costs or pay council’s appropriately,” he said.