Queensland's New Pool Fencing Laws

Queensland implemented new pool safety laws on 1 December 2010. The new laws cover people who own or who are leasing a property with a pool. Compliance with the new law is mandatory for pools located in a caravan park, a house, a townhouse, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels and homestay accommodation. Some of the major provisions are outlined below.

A property owner has until 2015 to make sure a new or existing pool meets the new pool safety regulations. If a property is going to be sold or leased before that period, compliance must be accomplished earlier.

A pool safety certificate is required for people buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool. The validity of the certificate for non-shared pools and shared pools is two years and one year, respectively.

All spas and portable pools that are 300 millimetre deep or more must have safety barriers.

Australians love spending their leisure time swimming in pools. The new pool safety regulations are designed to make pool fencing more effective and help reduce the number of deaths by drowning and serious immersion injuries, especially among children, in swimming pools.

An official pool safety register has been set up to ensure that all pools comply with Queensland's new pool safety regulations. All pools in Queensland must be entered in the registry.

The Impact of the New Pool Safety Laws on you

The new pool safety law applies to new and existing pools. However, the new regulations will impact on real estate agents, property sellers, property buyers, homeowners, tenants, property owners and accommodation operators in unique ways.

For example, fines will be imposed on real estate agents who arrange for a property with a pool to be leased when the pool has no valid pool safety certificate. For homebuyers, they are accountable for installing appropriate safety barriers and for obtaining a pool safety certificate within 90 days of signing the property sale agreement.

Pool Safety Inspections

The safety of children underscores the importance of pool fence inspections. The inspection must be performed by a licensed pool safety inspector, who will also issue the pool safety certificate.

Defence PoolSafe has years of experience in helping pool owners comply with pool safety standards. The company is licensed to conduct pool safety inspections and is authorised to issue pool safety certificates upon completion of the inspection and determining that a pool is compliant. Defence PoolSafe uses a streamlined process to help pool owners obtain the compliance certificate for their pool. For more information about pool safety laws, go to http://www.poolinspectionsbrisbane.net.au/.