Complying With The Pool Safety Standards

Having a pool in your own backyard sounds a lot of fun, but property owners and investors must also be aware that there are responsibilities that come with owning a pool. The first step is to understand the pool safety law in Queensland and second, getting your pool listed in the official pool safety register by making sure you comply with all the guidelines for operating a pool.

Prior to the introduction of the pool safety standards, the number of drowning incidents involving children was alarming. The aim of the pool safety law is to reduce the incidents and ensure that enjoying the pool will remain safe not only for children but for the entire family and other users of the pool.

Pool Safety Certificate for Homeowners with a Backyard Pool

If you own a pool in your residential property, your pool must already be included in the pool safety register. You must also be able to comply with the updated pool safety standards by 30 November 2015 to avoid fines and to obtain a certificate. Property owners who are planning to build a pool must likewise comply with the safety guidelines.

Pool Safety Certificate for Rental Properties

For landlords and lessors, a pool safety certificate needs to be acquired before sealing a contract with a tenant. It will be the landlord’s responsibility to make sure that the property meets the standards for healthy and safe habitation, including compliance with the pool safety regulations. Our team at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections can assist you in complying with the safety law and acquiring a certificate.

Properties for Sale

Similar to rental properties, properties that are being sold are the responsibility of the sellers. The seller should ensure that if a pool exists on a property, it complies with the pool safety standards and a certificate is issued as a supporting document. However, in the event that a pool safety certificate cannot be obtained and provided by the seller, a notice of no pool safety certificate must be issued by the seller. The existence of such notice will pass on to the buyer or new owner the responsibility of obtaining a certificate, which will be required within 90 days of settlement.

Making Your Pool Compliant with the Safety Standards

To be able to obtain a pool safety certificate, you must first comply with the safety regulations. The guidelines included in the pool safety law are mostly very basic, such as:

  • The use of resuscitation signs that must be visible from the pool area;
  • Pool gates must have a self-close and self-latch design, and the swing should be away from the pool area;
  • Fences should be high enough and non-climbable;
  • Objects that might allow climbing, including tree branches and water pump, must not be located near the fences.

There are also specific standard measurements for the fence height, fence gaps, door latch and distance of climbable objects. Our pool safety inspectors at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections can help you identify specific areas that will require remedial work to make your pool compliant with the safety standards.