Pool Safety Laws

Overview Of Pool Safety Laws

The Queensland Government has 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.

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Pool Safety Information For Buyers, Sellers And Lessors

The new pool safety laws apply to pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, homestay accommodation and caravan parks (building classes 1-4 as defined under the Building Code of Australia). Different rules apply depending on whether you are buying, selling or renting a property with a pool.

Pool Safety Register

The pool safety register includes a record of pools in Queensland, copies of pool safety certificates issued and a list of all licensed pool safety inspectors. Local Governments are migrating records into the register now. Pool owners were obliged to register their pools by May 4, 2011. Pools can be registered by searching the property and entering the details in the text box provided or by emailing details to registeryourpool@dip.qld.gov.au with the property address, lot plan and number of pools and spa’s on the property.

Pool Safety Inspection System

From 1 December 2010, 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.

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Pool Fences And Safety Barriers

Maintenance of pool fences and safety barriers is essential to reduce the number of drownings and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. Pool owners are responsible for ensuring pool barriers are maintained and damaged fencing or barriers are fixed immediately.

Requirements For CPR And Warning Signs

New pool safety laws require the latest cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign to be displayed near your pool. Ensure your pool complies with the latest CPR sign requirements and more.

Pool Safety Forms

Form 36 - Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate

The owner must complete this form when selling or entering into an accommodation agreement (e.g. lease, hotel stay) for a premises with a regulated pool if a pool safety certificate is not in effect for the pool. This form only needs to be completed once, unless the required information changes after the form is completed. This form cannot be used for an accommodation agreement for a premises with a non-shared pool (e.g. house).

Form 23 Pool Safety Certificate

A pool safety certificate is required in Queensland when selling or leasing a property with a regulated pool.

The above information and forms have been Sourced from http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/PoolSafety/PoolSafetyLaws/Pages/default.aspx

For further information please contact your local council or the Department of Infrastructure and Planning on (07) 3227 3548.