The Queensland Government has introduced new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools. Stage 2 of the new laws came into effect on 1 December 2010.
State government pool safety inspection program
Under new Queensland Government rules, from 1 December 2010, you are required to have a pool safety certificate in place when selling or leasing a property with a pool.
Detailed information on the new legislation is available on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website (formerly Department of Local Government and Planning).
This information includes:
- Pool safety information for buyers, sellers, lessors and real estate agents
- Pool safety register
- Pool safety inspectors
- Licensing of safety inspectors
- Pool safety certificates
- Child safety and pools
Council pool safety inspectors
Council's licensed pool safety inspectors carry out pool safety inspections, issue pool safety certificates and forward certificates to the state government for inclusion on their register.
Fees are as follows:
- Pool Fence Safety Inspection and Pool Fence Safety Certificate $394.00
- Pool Fence Safety Reinspection $178.00
- Pool Fence Exemption $360.00
Please note: Council requires payment prior to the pool fence inspection being carried out.
To arrange for an inspection and pool safety certificate, contact Development Services via council's customer service centre or visit one of council's customer service centres.