Pool Safety Laws
Queensland pool safety laws introduced in 2009 aim to reduce the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children (five years and under) in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools and spas.
The Queensland Family and Child Commission’s 2018-19 Annual Report shows that over the three years to 30 June 2019, 24 children aged 1 to 4 drowned, accounting for 53 per cent of all drowning deaths over this period. Seventeen of these deaths (71 per cent) occurred in private pools.
The number of drownings is well documented, but for every one of them there are many immersion incidents that, in a lot of cases, lead to permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen. It only takes a loose lock, hinges that don’t work, a fence that you will get around to fixing one day, a chair next to the fence, etc.
Also, if an incident occurs and your insurance company finds your pool does not comply with government regulations your public liability may be null and void.
A safe and compliant pool fence is an important last line of defence, however nothing takes the place of supervising children.
Pool Safety Inspections
A pool safety inspection and current certificate is required when selling or leasing a property as well as for shared pools (i.e. hotels/apartment blocks).
Alternatively, you can sell your house without a certificate, on the condition that the new owners agree to sign a Form 36 and to obtain a safety certificate within 90 days of settlement. This is a standard REIQ contract obligation.
Pool Safety Certificate
We will issue you with a pool safety certificate once your pool fence is compliant. Your Local Pool Inspector is licensed by the Queensland Government to issue pool safety certificates – FORM 23 and register your pool as compliant on the Pool Safety Register.
A pool safety certificate is valid for two years when selling or leasing a property, and one year for shared pools.