Find out what you need to know about Queensland’s swimming pool safety standards and where to find more information.
The standards have been implemented to reduce drowning and immersion injuries, and they apply all over the state, including the Central Highlands. They are covered in a few legal codes including the
Central Highlands Regional Council is the local regulatory body for swimming pool safety in the Central Highlands and undertakes inspections in accordance with these standards.
A swimming pool, as defined in the Building Act 1975, includes any excavation or structure capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more, and capable of being used for swimming, bathing, wading, paddling, aquatic activity and was manufactured or is being used as such. In Queensland, all regulated pools and spas must be registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
If you own a property with a pool and lease or rent it out, you must obtain a ‘Form 23 Pool Safety Certificate’ from a licensed pool safety inspector. When you sell a property with a pool, you need the same, or you must comply with the requirements of Section 246AFT (b) of the Building Regulation 2006.
If an inspection finds that your pool isn’t compliant with pool safety laws, the owner or responsible person for the pool will receive a ‘Form 26 Nonconformity Notice’ from the inspector within 48 hours of the inspection. The form will detail what issues are and how to rectify them. As a result, you may need to undertake work to achieve compliance.
TIP: Find a list of licensed pool safety inspectors on the QBCC website.
If you own a pool, you must construct and maintain a pool fence that complies with current standards, regardless of when the pool was installed.
14 Jun 2021