Pool safety

Overview

Swimming pools should be fun. However, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of five years old.1When it comes to children in this age group, for every fatal drowning there are more than seven near misses.2 Supervising young children, teaching them to swim and having effective pool fencing can save lives. This is why pool safety laws were introduced.

In this section, we provide tools and tips to help you navigate through the legal requirements so that you can learn more about your responsibilities as a pool owner.

Pool safety basics - what you need to do

  • Register your pool - You can check if your pool is registered on the pool safety register. Enter your address and click ‘Search’. When the ‘no pools are recorded on this property’ message comes up, click on ‘Register Pool'.
  • Make sure your pool barrier complies with the law - To help you understand more, see Does your pool comply or to make it make it even easier, use our online pool compliance checklist. 
  • Get a pool safety certificate - This is a requirement only when properties are sold or leased.  Find out all the facts or go online to find a licensed pool safety inspector if you need to get a certificate.

1. Queensland Family and Child Commission. (2018). Annual Report: Deaths of children and young people Queensland 2017–18. https://www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/Chapter_4__Drowning_0.pdf

2. Mahony A., Barnsley P., Peden A.E., Scarr J. (2017). A thirteen year national study of non-fatal drowning in Australia: Data challenges, hidden impacts and social costs. Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/19938/398...