The Queensland Government has introduced new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing the incidences of immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools. An overview of the new laws is available here.
What is a "regulated pool": A regulated pool is a pool associated with:
- units and unit complexes
- backpacker accommodation and short term accommodations
- caravan parks
- mobile van parks
All properties with regulated pools need to be included in the state-based pool safety register by May 2011. Initially Local Governments will include details of pools on the register. Pool owners will need to check the register to ensure their pool is registered. If you are unsure as to whether your pool is registered, please contact Council's Regulatory Services Department on phone 07 4761 5544 for further information.
Pool safety certificates are required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. Pool safety certificates must be obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector. Council is registered to provide such service. Further information for pool owners and pool safety inspectors may be obtained by accessing the Department of Housing and Public Works website.
Maintenance of pool fences and safety barriers is essential to reduce the number of immersion injuries and drownings of young children in swimming pools. Pool owners are responsible for ensuring pool barriers are maintained and that damaged fencing or barriers are fixed immediately. Considerations that pool owners need to be aware of are available here.
New pool safety laws require the latest cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign to be displayed near your pool. Ensure your pool complies with the latest CPR sign requirements and more.
Child Safety and Pools
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children aged 1 to 4. All swimming pool drownings are preventable. Find out how to improve your swimming pool safety.