Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under five, and compliant pool fencing, along with active supervision and learning to swim, can save lives.
From 1 December 2015, all regulated Queensland swimming pools are required to meet the single swimming pool barrier standard, which has been phased in over the past five years.
Information is available from Queensland Building and Construction Commission to help home owners to assess their pools for compliance. Pool owners can also check the website to ensure their pool is registered.
The single standard is designed to increase pool safety and simplify pool safety laws, which previously included 11 different safety standards.
The single standard covers such things as the height and strength of barriers, mandatory non-climbable areas, gate-latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area.
The standard applies to new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks and mobile van parks.
It is the responsibility of all pool owners to ensure their pools comply with the standard by 1 December, or earlier if the property is sold or leased.
For non-compliance with the pool safety standard, there is an on-the-spot fine of $824.60 for individuals and $2,356 for companies. The maximum penalty a court can impose is $19,437.
Penalties for failing to register a pool include an on-the-spot fine of $235.60 for individuals or $706.80 for companies. The court can impose a maximum penalty of $2,356. Pool owners were required to register their pools by November 2011.
You will now need to arrange a pool fence inspection if:
- You are a residential home owner that is selling, buying or privately renting a house or unit You manage a body corporate or community title property
- You operate and or own any kind of accommodation property such as a resort, motel, hotel or caravan park
- You are a real estate agent that is involved in the selling or renting of residential properties
We only use accredited pool fencing inspectors that are fully trained according to the legislation to ensure that your pool fencing is fully compliant. We provide a fantastic, professional service and are are fully insured.
We provide pool inspections service only. We do not sell pool fencing at all so you can be sure that our advice is completely impartial and that our focus is 100% on making sure that your pool fencing complies with the legislation and that it is safe.
A lot of children still drown each year in Australia and while these new pool fence rules will help to lower that number, nothing is a substitute for good supervision. Always ensure that your pool gate is locked and that there is nothing around the pool that a child could use to hoist itself over the fence because it only takes a second.