Swimming pools and spas

The Queensland Government's pool safety laws aim to reduce the number of children who drown or are injured in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools.

Shut the gate on swimming pool tragedies

Make sure your pool is ready for action and do your spring pool safety check.

Supervision, learning to swim and effective pool fencing can save lives. Read the simple steps that can prevent young lives being lost.   
Council's pool safety brochure (PDF, 390KB) offers more information.

Pools capable of holding more than 300mm of water, must comply with the Queensland pool safety standard. This includes:

  • swimming pools
  • indoor and outdoor spas
  • portable and inflatable swimming pools.

All regulated pools and spas must have a compliant safety fence. This includes spas fitted with a lockable lid or cover.

Indoor spas are exempt from pool safety requirements only if:

  • they are situated in a bathroom, and
  • not continually filled with water to a depth of more than 300mm.

Does your pool comply?

To ensure your pool or spa is compliant:

  • check you have a building approval, and
  • ensure your pool is included on the pool safety register, and
  • get advice from a pool safety inspector about how to make your pool comply, or
  • contract a pool safety inspector to do a formal inspection with a view to getting a certificate.

A pool safety inspector's role is to inspect pools to decide if they meet the safety standard. Search for a swimming pool safety inspector.

Refer to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website for more information.

If you have concerns relating to swimming pools, please notify council.

Building a pool

You will need building certification before starting construction of your new swimming pool or spa. You can apply for certification from a building certifier.

Temporary fencing must be in place during construction of your pool or spa. Your building certifier can advise you about appropriate barriers.

Check your pool regularly

5 steps to check you pool is safe