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.
A pool safety inspector’s role is to inspect pools to determine whether they comply with the standard. If the pool is compliant, the inspector will issue a pool safety certificate. If the pool doesn’t meet the standard, a nonconformity notice will be issued after the inspection, unless:
All residential pools in Queensland must be registered with the QBCC. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
Register your pool in the Pool safety register
Open the pool register on myQBCC and enter your address and/or lot and plan number and click ‘Search’. When the ‘no pools are recorded on this property’ message comes up, click on the ‘Register Pool' button.
Search to see if a pool is registered
You can search for a property and view details of the most recent pool safety certificate if one has been issued:
Find a pool safety inspector
If you need a pool safety certificate, you must engage a licensed pool safety inspector to arrange an inspection. You can search by local government area or if you are looking for a specific inspector, enter the name, business name or licence number:
The process for when you need to get a pool safety certificate differs depending on whether you are selling or leasing a property and if your pool is shared or non-shared. The cost of a pool safety certificate is $40.35 (GST-free) (certificate only, not inclusive of additional inspection expenses).
Selling or leasing a property with a non-shared pool
A non-shared pool is only accessible to the residents of one dwelling and is typically associated with houses and units or townhouses with private spas or pools.
If you're a pool owner, maintaining your pool includes more than just testing the water. Your pool fence or barrier must also be regularly checked.
A swimming pool can be a great addition to your home; however the construction and maintenance process can be complex. This guide includes a few tips to help you along the way.
Recommendations from family and friends who own pools are a good starting point. Discuss their experiences involving size, location, finishes, landscaping, building time, upkeep and any issues they faced during or after construction.
In Queensland, dividing fences are often used as pool barriers as an efficient way to comply with pool safety laws. If you have to construct a new fence, replace, or modify an existing pool fence or barrier that you share with your neighbour, it’s important that it is compliant.
You can use the wall of a building on a common boundary as long as it’s compliant. You may need to build a separate barrier where any part of the wall does not meet the requirements of the pool safety standard.
A pool safety certificate is only needed if the property is sold or leased.
What happens if my pool doesn't comply?
You may get a fine from your local government.
How to make your pool compliant and avoid a fine