Pool compliance as at 1 12-2015
POOL SAFETY UPDATE
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Pool compliance as at 1 12-2015
LATEST NEWS: POOL SAFETY UPDATE
Agents should ensure that all lessor and seller clients are aware of the changes to
Queensland pool safety laws. Effective 1 December 2015, pool owners must comply
with the uniform safety standards prescribed by the Queensland Development Code
Mandatory Part 3.4, otherwise they run the risk of fines and penalties being imposed
Under new laws, there is no change to the requirement for sellers to provide buyers
with either a pool safety certificate or Form 36 Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate,
prior to settlement. Further, it is still a requirement for lessors to obtain a pool safety
certificate before entering into any lease agreement. Pool safety certificates remain
valid for two years for a non-shared pool, or one year for a shared pool.
Agents should be fully conversant with the minimum safety requirements for pool
safety barriers. Namely, it is a minimum safety requirement for a pool safety barrier
to be 1200 millimetres from bottom to top, and all climbable objects within 900
millimetres of the pool safety barrier to be shielded or removed. Further, it is
important that agents are aware of the changes to the Queensland Development Code
(QDC), as sellers and lessees can face fines and penalties if the pools are non-
The key changes under the new laws are as follows:
1. The pool safety laws have now widened application to include indoor pools and
pools associated with hotels, motels, caretaker residences, caravan parks,
backpackers, hostels, mobile home parks and homestays.
2. The use of child-resistant doors (e.g. self closing and self latching doors) as
pool barriers is no longer permitted.
3. It is a requirement that the latest prescribed CPR sign adopted by the
Australian Resuscitation Council is displayed near every pool.
4. It is a requirement to fence all portable pools and spas capable of being filled
with 300 millimetres or more of water.
Queensland Government legislation permits the Brisbane City Council to issue on-the-
spot fines for pools which are non compliant. The maximum penalty for non-
compliance is $19,437. SOURCE REIQ
Agents should encourage lessors and sellers to take action to improve the safety of
any pool at their property.
Linda & Carlos Debello
PO BOX 19
0400 833 800 (Mob 1)
0413 560 808 (Mob 2)
0409 995 578 (Linda)
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