Pool safety

Child safety and pools

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland children under the age of 5. All swimming pool drownings are preventable. Improve your pool safety today.

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Pool safety register

All pools and spas must be included in the pool safety register. Failure to register your pool or spa may cost you an on the spot fine of $220 or a maximum penalty of up to $2200 if a complaint is made to your local government or the Pool Safety Council.

The pool safety register includes a record of pools in Queensland, copies of pool safety certificates issued and a list of all licensed pool safety inspectors.

The pool safety register is just one of a range of initiatives to help protect young people from drowning unnecessarily.

Pool fences and safety barriers

Pool fences and safety barriers are assessed at the time the pool is assessed by council.  As a pool owner, you have an obligation to ensure that your pool fence is regularly maintained to ensure continued compliance with the required pool safety standards.  Any damage to the pool fence or safety barrier should be fixed immediately.

There is now one pool safety standard, which has replaced 11 different standards.

Dividing fences and pool owners

Dividing fences which also serve as a pool barrier are common practice in Queensland. In the majority of cases, the common boundary fence is the most efficient way to comply with the pool safety requirements.

The recent amendments to the Building Act 1975 (BA) aim to facilitate a common-sense approach to fencing work such as encouraging agreements between neighbours and 'like for like' replacement of fences.
For additional information please contact the Pool Safety Council on 1800 340 634, or via email PSC@qld.gov.au

CPR and warning signs

Queensland's pool safety laws require the latest cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign to be displayed near your pool or spa.

Property buyers, sellers, lessors and agents

Pool safety laws apply to pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, homestay accommodation and caravan parks (building classes 1-4 as defined under the Building Code of Australia).

Different rules apply depending on whether you are buying, selling or renting a property with a pool.

Pools can only be registered by the public by searching for the property and entering the details in the text box provided. Refer to the links below for more information:

Pool safety inspections

Pool safety certificates, obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector, are required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. You can request a pool safety certificate/pool compliance report from us, for a fee.

Information for pool owners, pool safety inspectors and pool safety inspector course providers is available below.

Pool safety laws

Queensland's current pool safety laws were introduced in 2009 and aim to reduce the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools.The laws affect new and existing pools. Exisitng pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws, or earlier if they lease or sell their property.

Hotels, motels and resorts and other class 3 buildings

As part of the new pool safety laws hotels, motels, resorts and other buildings providing short term accommodation were required to comply with new pool safety standard by 1 June 2011 following a 6-month phase-in period.

Under the new legislation, hotels, motels, resorts and other class 3 buildings have an option to adopt a pool safety management plan as an alternative to constructing a compliant pool barrier.

Pool safety management plans must be approved by the department.

Information to help pool owners develop a pool safety management plan and details of how to apply for a plan are contained in the pool safety management plan guideline.

 

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