Pool Safety Certificates Gold Coast

Gold Coast Pool Safety Inspections

Everything you need to know about obtaining a pool safety certificate in Gold Coast, QLD.

Get Your Pool Certified - Arrange a professional Pool Safety Inspection today on 1300 899 078 or send an online enquiry.

Fenced outdoor pool

Pool fence safety laws were introduced to combat the amount of drowning deaths occurring across Australia in backyard swimming pools. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if adequate fencing was installed. 

What is a pool safety certificate?

A pool safety certificate (or pool compliance certificate) certifies that your pool fencing complies with current pool safety legislation and standards.

Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or living in your property, you must have a pool safety inspection conducted by a licensed pool safety inspector in order to get your certificate.

Pool Compliance Certificate Gold Coast

As of 1 December 2010, all properties in Queensland are required to adhere to pool safety standards and have a valid pool safety certificate.

iCertified provides affordable pool safety inspections at a time that suits the pool owner, with fast turnaround on certificates.

Once you pass the pool safety inspection your certificate of compliance will be valid immediately.

Our Pool Safety Inspections include:

  • Clear and accurate reporting;
  • Certificate lodged with government within 24 hours;
  • Large photos of any nonconforming items in the reports;
  • Reports returned to client within 24 hours;
  • Reminder letters sent a month before pool safety certificate is set to expire.

Passing the pool safety inspection

Many pool safety inspections fail due to items that are not complying with the government’s standards - Don’t let this happen to you!

Our inspectors use the government’s standards, so we recommend that you also use the government’s checklist.

View this handy QLD Pool Inspection Checklist and QBCC video to make sure you pass your inspection first go.

Pool Safety Laws

As of 30th of November 2015, homeowners on the Gold Coast must comply with the new pool safety laws even if they sell or lease the property, according to Government regulations.  

Pool fences, gates and barriers

It's not only the pool that has to be safety certified, a compliant pool barrier or fence must be in place and well-maintained at all times. Your pool gates must have self-closing hinges or latching devices. 

A well-working pool fence and barrier is essential to stop children from drowning or being seriously injured.

If your pool fence or barrier is damaged, you must repair it immediately to comply with Development Code MP 3.4—Swimming pool barriers

Read: Pool gate latch recall – Does this affect you? 

Compliant Self-Closing Gate:

Non-Compliant Gate:

Shared Pools

If residents of multiple dwellings share a swimming pool (such as through body corporate), the owner MUST provide tenants with a copy of a valid pool safety certificate before entering into a lease.

This affects all businesses including motels, hotels, resorts, lodgings and body corporates managing any form of accommodation. A shared pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year.

Leasing A Property With a Pool

If a pool is within a property that is only accessible to the current tenants, it is classified as a non-shared pool. The property owner must ensure there is a valid pool safety certificate is in place before entering into a new lease or renewing a current lease.

Residential Pools

Homeowners with a non-shared residential pool must ensure that the pool fence complies with the latest pool fence standards. Safety certificates issued for these types of pools are valid for 2 years.

Selling A Property With A Pool

  • If a pool safety certificate is current: The seller must provide a copy of the certificate before the settlement date.
  • If a valid pool safety certificate is not present by settlement: The seller provides the buyer with Form 36 including the settlement date written on the form.
  • No safety certificate when entering into a contract of sale: The seller must give the prospective buyer Form 36 – Notice Of No Pool Safety Certificate.

This is intended to help prospective buyers make an informed decision about purchasing the property with regards to pool compliance. 

Buying A Property With A Pool

If you are buying a property, a pool safety inspection can alert you to what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed. We can provide a quote for you.

If you have purchased a property with a pool but no pool safety certificate, you have 90 days from the settlement date to obtain a valid pool certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a pool safety certificate in QLD?

Yes - If you are buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool, you must get a pool safety certificate if there is not a current certificate in place.

What if my pool doesn't pass the inspection?

If your pool doesn't pass, we'll send you a full report detailing what needs to be fixed along with any diagrams that are applicable.

If our inspector deems that the property is a public safety hazard, we are required to alert the council immediately.

From the date you received the report, you have a period of six weeks to attend to the noncompliant items. If by the end of the six week period the non-compliant items have not been resolved then by law we must send a copy of the non-compliance notice to the council.

No matter what happens, our team at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

What is the fine for not having a fence around a pool?

On the spot fines of $550 can be issued.

Penalties for non compliance with pool safety regulations can be $5500 in some cases.

Do you have to register your pool in QLD?

Swimming pools must be registered in Australia.

Pool owners can do this online by completing the QBCC Swimming Pool Registration Form.

If you prefer, you can pay a fee to your local council and they will register it on your behalf.

What is the pool safety register?

The pool safety register includes:

  • Records of registered pools in Queensland.
  • Lists of pool safety certificates issued.
  • Lists of licensed pool safety inspectors.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection in QLD?

Please see our QLD checklist - This checklist can help you be familiarise yourself with what the pool safety inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

If you have any other particular questions about pool safety, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 899 078 or email us any questions online.

How long does a pool safety certificate last in QLD?

Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options.

Can you sell a property without a pool safety certificate in QLD?

You can, however you must provide the buyer with Form 36 - notice of no pool safety certificate before entering into a contract of sale, and send a copy of the completed form to the QBCC before settlement. 

Despite this, your pool must be compliant with the current pool safety laws and providing this form doesn't stop your local council from taking action against you in the event of noncompliance. 


Is iCertified licenced and insured in QLD?

Yes - each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Rest assured, you're in safe hands with iCertified.

Contact us

Have questions? Call one of the iCERTIFIED professionals on 1300 899 078 or send through an enquiry.

We provide comprehensive pool safety inspections throughout South East Queensland including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

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Page last updated: 08-05-2024

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