Pool Safety & The Legislation

It is acknowledged that having fencing barriers around pools has saved many lives in Queensland. Adult Supervision combined with complying with the new pool fence regulations is the most effective method of preventing children from drowning. Pool fencing laws have been brought in to help prevent our children drowning. If you don’t have fencing around your pool or are unsure ask us or book a pool inspection now. Don’t take risks.

New Pool Safety Laws & Registration

From December 2010, the new pool safety laws apply to pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, home stay accommodation and caravan parks (building classes 1-4 as defined under the Building Code of Australia). Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety standard, or earlier if they sell or lease their property before then. Different rules apply depending on whether the pool is a shared pool or non-shared pool.

  • Shared pools – If residents of two or more dwellings can use a pool, such as a body corporate pool, it is a shared pool.
  • Non-shared pools – If a pool is only accessible to residents of one dwelling, such as a private house or private spa on a unit balcony, it is a non-shared pool.
  • All pools in Queensland need to be registered. The government has extended this date till November 4th 2011. Make sure you do this to avoid the risk of being fined up to $2000.
  • All pool owners have until (30th Nov 2015) to comply with the new safety laws, or earlier if they sell or lease a property.
  • Be aware not having pool safety certificate the risks are even higher should a drowning or submersion injury occur in your pool.
  • For more information please visit the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Pool Safety website page.

Be Aware of Non-conformity penalties – Penalties of up to $18,785 for individuals and $93,926 for corporations apply for non compliance with the pool safety laws. On-the-spot fines of $1821 for individuals and $5464 for corporations can also apply. Enforcement action is taken by Local Governments and, in some cases, by the Department of Housing and Public Works. Also be aware you can be fined $2000 for not having your pool registered by November 4th 2011.

For any enquiries you can contact us or book a pool inspection.

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Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is a guide only. To see the latest Queensland pool safety laws please visit the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Pool Safety website page.