Swimming pool areas must display:

  • a CPR sign;
  • a warning sign during construction.

CPR signs

Pool safety laws require a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign, complying with Guideline 7-CPR published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in February 2006, to be displayed near each pool by 30 November 2015, or earlier if the property is sold or leased first.

From 1 October 2003 pool owners have been required to display a complying CPR sign.

Since the introduction of Stage 1 of Queensland's pool safety improvement strategy in December 2009, all new pools have been required to display the latest prescribed CPR sign.

CPR sign requirements

The CPR sign must:

  • be attached to the safety barrier for the pool, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is easily visible to a person near the pool
  • be at least 300 millimetres by 300 millimetres in size
  • be made of durable and weatherproof material
  • include a statement that is prominent on the sign, explaining to a person reading the sign how to act in an emergency, including for example telephoning for an ambulance, staying with the injured person, calling for help and providing first aid.
CPR signs for pools constructed on or after 1 December 2009, must show information about the procedures for providing first aid, including performing CPR in the way stated in Guideline 7 - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in February 2006.

Warning signs

Signs to warn the public that a swimming pool is under construction must be displayed.

This requirement does not apply to portable pools.

Warning sign requirements

The warning sign must:

  • warn members of the public in the vicinity of the land that a swimming pool is under construction on the land and there is a potential danger to young children accessing the land (for example: 'Danger. Swimming pool under construction. Keep children out.')
  • be placed on, or within, 1.5 metres of the road frontage for the land
  • be mounted so that the bottom of the sign is at least 300 millimetres above ground level
  • be positioned so that it is visible from the road
  • be made of weatherproof material
  • have lettering on the sign that relates to the warning at least 50 millimetres in height and in bold style.

If the land has more than one road frontage, a warning sign is only required on one road frontage.