In December 2010, the Queensland Government implemented Australia’s most stringent pool safety legislation that requires any house being sold or leased having a pool safety certificate. This new legislation aims to reduce backyard drowning’s and injuries sustained by children in swimming pools.
QLD Pool Safety Legislation
Queensland Pool Fence Safety Laws
In December 2010, the Queensland Government implemented Australia’s most stringent QLD Pool Safety Legislation that requires any house being sold or leased having a pool safety certificate. This new legislation aims to reduce backyard drowning’s and injuries sustained by children in swimming pools. Between January 2004 and May 2010, 35 children under 5 drowned in Queensland swimming pools. A Pool Safety Certificate is provided by a licensed Pool Fence Inspector to show that the pool fencing and gates comply with the pool safety regulations, and are safe for children. Safety certificates are only be issued by a licensed pool inspector and are in effect for two years for private non shared pools or 1 year for a shared pool.
You are not required to obtain a pool safety certificate by November 2015 unless you are selling or leasing a property with a pool. Regardless of whether a pool safety certificate is required or not, all pool owners must ensure their pool complies with the current pool safety standard by December 1st, 2015.
From this date, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and local council authorities will undertake random compliance checks of swimming pools and spas in Queensland properties to ensure pool owners are complying with safety standards. On-the-spot fines of up to $796.95 and further penalties up to $18,785.25 can be imposed on pool owners if their pool fence does not comply with the Qld Pool Safety Legislation.
QLD Pool Fencing Diagrams
A Pool Safety Certificate is only issued with the Pool Safety Inspector deems the fence complies with the Queensland Pool Safety Legislation. If non-compliant, you will be issued with a notice of non-compliance and report outlining the reasons why your pool fence is non-compliant and solutions to rectify said issues. A list of pool fence diagrams is available to help assist you in maintaining a compliant pool fence.
Be Safe Pool Fence Inspections aim is to save lives. Providing your family and loved ones with peace of mind, our Pool Safety Inspectors are all government certified and have years of experience to provide you with a hassle free and comprehensive swimming pool inspection process.
Pool Fence Checklist
Download of a copy of your pool fence checklist before arranging a pool inspection. Our checklist is designed to help you understand the requirements of the pool fencing regulations and allow for simple pool fencing issues to be address prior to the inspection.
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