Queensland Pool Safety Compliance
As of the 30th of November 2015, there will be only one pool safety standard in Queensland, covering all swimming pools, spas, and even some portable pools.
This video from QBCC outlines some of the minimum requirements for pool safety. You can also read the full transcript below.
Swimming pools should be fun, however drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of five years old, and whilst the supervision of children is of the highest importance, pool safety laws can save lives.
From the 30th of November 2015 there will be only one pool safety standard in Queensland. All pools, including spas and some portable pools will need to comply with the standard, or earlier if your property is sold or leased.
The standard covers such things as the height and strength of barriers, non-climbable zones, gates and latches, and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area. To assist in finding out if your pool meets the standard, we’ve provided some examples of minimum requirements.
- The minimum height from the finished ground level to the top of the barrier is 1200mm.
- The maximum allowable gap from the finished ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 100mm.
- If your horizontal rails are a minimum of 900mm, the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 100mm.
- If your horizontal rails are less than 900mm apart, the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 10mm.
- Climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside, and 300mm on the inside.
- Pool gates must not open inwards towards the pool area and must be self-closing and self-latching from all positions.
- Latches on the gate must be at least 1500mm high from ground level, or if your latch is located on the inside of the gate it must be a minimum of 150mm below the top of the fence and it must also be covered with a 450mm radius shield.
- There can be no direct access through a door from the house to the pool area.
- The current CPR sign must be displayed, either attached to the barrier for the pool or displayed near the pool so that the sign is easily visible to anyone near the pool.
- All pools in Queensland must be registered with QBCC.
The pool safety register is just another initiative protecting young children. If you are selling or leasing your property with a pool, than you have some further obligations with regards to certification. You can find this information on the QBCC website.
Pool laws are vital, so it’s really important that you get yourself up to speed. If you’re in doubt that your pool complies with the standard, than we recommend that you engage a pool safety inspector to visit your home.