In 2009, the Queensland Government introduced new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools.
Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws, or earlier if they sell or lease their property before this time. From 1 December 2015 fines from approx. $800 will apply to all non-compliant pools.
Whilst it is not mandatory to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate unless selling or leasing, an on-site full safety audit by Council’s QBCC Licensed Pool Safety Inspectors offers peace of mind.
In this video, we take a close look at what you need to know in relation to Queensland’s pool safety standards.
What is classed as a swimming pool?
A swimming pool is defined as an above or below ground structure principally used for swimming or bathing, including some models of portable pools and spas.
If your portable pool or spa can hold more than 300 millimetres of water then the laws may apply to you. The pool laws do not apply to fish ponds, however, if you have a swimming pool that is now being used for another purpose e.g. as a fish pond, it is still considered a pool and must have a compliant barrier.
Pool safety register
All pools (and spas) in Queensland must be fenced and registered on the pool safety register.
The pool safety register includes a record of pools in Queensland, pool safety certificates issued and a list of all licensed pool safety inspectors.
If your pool isn’t registered you can be fined up to $2,356.
Register your pool or spa online, or by phoning the Queensland Building and Construction Commission on 139 333.
Recently Erected Pools
For pools erected recently, a Final Inspection Certificate (Form 17) or Certificate of Classification (Form 11) that has been issued by the building certifier is equivalent to a Form 23 Pool Safety Certificate and is valid for the same timeframes (2 years for a non-shared pool and 1 year for a shared pool).
Council is offering discounted pool safety checks at a fee of $185.55 and the re-inspection fee will also be waived for a period of 6 months from 1 November 2015 to 31 May 2016.
This reduced fee also includes the cost of a Pool Safety Certificate which is normally $35.55.
For the standard cost of this service from 1 June 2016, please refer to the Council Fees and Charges using the link below (search for Pool Safety Certificate):
- Fees and Charges 2015-2016 - Council Services - (pdf 379.35 kB)
Contact Council on 4783 9800 or visit the QBCC website (see link opposite). Note information and check lists are guides only. If you are unsure, it is strongly recommended that you contact Council to engage Council’s licensed QBCC Pool Safety Inspectors to carry out a full safety audit (Pool Safety Compliance Inspection) with the view to receive a Form 23 Pool Safety Certificate for peace of mind.