QLD Pool Safety Inspection Checklist

The team at iCertified is dedicated to helping you pass your pool safety inspection the first time which is why we've put together this handy pool compliance checklist QLD.

Follow our pre-inspection pool checklist for Queensland and prepare your pool area before booking your pool safety inspection and get approved for your certificate on the first go.

Book your pool safety inspection with iCertified: 1300 899 078 or book online.



QLD Pool Safety Certificate Checklist

Pool fence with combination of vertical bars and glass barriers

Be sure to familiarise yourself with the QLD pool safey laws.

Below are the most common issues that can cause a pool area to fail a pool safety inspection.

Pool Barrier / Pool Fence Inspection Checklist

  1. Is your pool fence a constant height 1.2 metres or higher around the pool?
  2. Is the gap on either side of the vertical bars when squeezing them less than 100mm?
  3. Are all pool fence panels present and firmly secure to the post?
  4. Are the pool fence posts firmly secure to the ground?
  5. Is the timber boundary pool fence structurally sound?
  6. Are all the timber boundary pool fence palings present and secure to the fence?
  7. Are there any gaps under your pool fence that are more 100mm?
  8. Is any part of your pool fence damaged?
  9. Are all parts of the living and dwelling areas protected by a child resistant barrier measuring at least 1200mm from all sides?

More on the pool fence and barrier requirements in QLD here.

Around and In the Pool Fence Area

  1. Are there any climbable objects* such as 1200mm of outside the pool fence?
  2. Are there any climbable objects* within 300mm clear zone inside the pool fence area?
  3. Is there any objects* within 900mm where the pool fence intersects another fence?
  4. Is the CPR sign current and in clear view from inside the pool area?
  5. Are the windows which open directly into the pool area open only a maximum of 100mm or have a security type screen over it?
  6. Are there any potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm from the top or bottom of the pool fence?
  7. If you have a patio, deck, pergola or balcony that forms a pool fence, you must have one side permanently open so you can clearly see and supervise young children in the pool.

Pool Gates, Latches & Hinges

  1. Are the pool gate hinges a minimum distance of 900mm apart and not within the 900mm climbable zone from where the fences intersect?
  2. Does the pool gates open out and way from the pool area?
  3. Is the pool gate locking mechanism at least 1500mm from the ground?
  4. Does your pool gates self close and self lock from any open position?

Compliant Self-Closing Gate:

Non-Compliant Gate:

*Common climbable objects are stored items, potted plants, tree branches, tree stumps, shrubs, deck chairs, BBQs, water taps and pool equipment.

Further information about pool gates, latches & hinges here.


  1. Current Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign prominently displayed in the pool area
  2. Pool is on the pool safety register
  3. Existing pool safety certificate (where applicable)
  4. Pool safety certificate is valid
  5. Building approval for the swimming pool/portable pool/spa

Print Your QLD Pool Safety Checklist

This checklist is just an example and should be used as a guide only. 



Penalties For Non-Compliance

Pool closeed sign positioned in-front of a pool

If you have a pool on your property, your local government has the power to investigate compliance with regard to pool safety standards.

Non Compliance With Safety Standards

If you are caught failing to comply with pool safety standards, you will be issued with an on-the-spot fine of $883.05 or $2523 for companies. The maximum penalty a court can impose is $20,814.75.

Failing To Register Your Pool

If you fail to register your pool, the QBCC can issue on-the-spot fines of $252.30 for individuals or $756.90 for companies. The court can impose a maximum penalty of up to $2523.

You don’t need to register a portable wading pool if it meets all these criteria:

  • can be filled with water to a depth of no more than 300mm
  • has a volume of no more than 2,000L
  • has no filtration system.

Register your pool or check to see if your pool is already registered.



Get Your Pool Inspected Today

Our pool safety inspectors work throughout South East Queensland from the Gold Coast, to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

After you have completed the checklist and have questions or would like more information about your particular pool fence, please call us at 1300 899 078 or book your pool safety inspection today!

Page last updated: 07-05-2024

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