Pool safety compliance

Compliant pool barriers help save lives by preventing young children from accessing swimming pools. 

All pools, including spas and some portable pools, must now comply with the pool safety standard.  

The standard applies to homes with new or existing pools as well as short and long-term accommodation premises. This includes new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks and mobile van parks.

Pool owners need to be aware that any person who props open a pool gate is liable to an on-the-spot fine.

What classes as a swimming pool?

A swimming pool is defined as an above or belowground structure principally used for swimming or bathing, including some models of portable pools and spas. 

If your portable pool or spa can hold more than 300 millimetres of water then the laws apply to you. The pool laws don't apply to fishponds, however, if you have a swimming pool that is now being used for another purpose e.g. as a fishpond, it is still considered a pool and must have a compliant barrier. 

Should my pool be registered?

All pools in Queensland must be registered with the QBCC. List your pool on the pool register.