The Queensland Government has introduced new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing the incidences of immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools. An overview of the new laws is available here.
What is a "regulated pool": A regulated pool is a pool associated with:
- units and unit complexes
- backpacker accommodation and short term accommodations
- caravan parks
- mobile van parks
For further information, please read the information sheet for the latest pool safety laws.
All pools and/or spas in Queensland that can be filled to depth of 300mm or more must have an appropriate pool fence or pool safety barrier. This includes inflatable pools that may be erected only during the summer months.
To ensure your pool fence or pool safety barrier is compliant, it must:
- Be at least 1.2m high
- Contain a self-closing gate
- Gap at the bottom of the fence is no greater than 100mm to the ground
- Be free of shrubs, pot plants, furniture etc that will compromise the height of the fence
In relation to above ground pools, the following applies:
- Sides of the pool are at least 1.2m high all the way round
- No bracing or indents on the sides of the pool
- Any ladders or filters must have a fence with a self-closing gate
For further information, please view the latest pool safety checklist.
All pools and spas in Queensland need to be registered with the State Government. Pool owners will need to check the register to ensure their pool is registered. Fines of up to $2000 may apply if your pool or spa is not registered.
You can check whether your pool or spa is registered, or register a pool or spa, by visiting the Department of Housing and Public Works website.
New pool safety laws require the latest cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign to be displayed near your pool - usually on your pool fence near the gate. Ensure your pool complies with the latest CPR sign requirements and more.
These CPR signs are available at Council offices and at most Queensland Ambulance stations. To view an example of the latest CPR sign, click here.
Signs to warn the public that a swimming pool is under construction must be displayed. This requirement does not apply to portable pools. An example of a warning sign can be seen below.
Pool safety certificates are required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. Pool safety certificates must be obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector. Council's Building Certifier, Mr Kai Simmons is registered to provide such service. Further information for pool owners may be obtained by accessing the Department of Housing and Public Works website.
Inspections can be arranged by filling out the application form listed below and payment of the applicable inspection fee. After the inspection has been carried out, the applicant/owner will be issued with a Form 23 - Pool Safety Certificate if the pool and fence are compliant. However, if there are issues which require rectification, a Form 26 - Pool Safety Noncomfance Notice will be issued. These issues will need to be appropriately addressed and a re-inspection booked prior to the certificate being issued.
Certificates are valid for 1 year for a shared pool and 2 years for a non-shared pool.
Pool safety inspections can be carried out on Mondays and Thursdays, from 8.30am - 3pm.