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From 10 November 2014, the Pool Safety Council disbanded and the pool safety licensing, compliance and disciplinary functions moved over to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). This transfer aims to reduce costs and improve regulation efficiency for the building industry.
For information about pool licensing, compliance and disciplinary functions, visit the QBCC website.
The Department of Housing and Public Works will continue to reduce the red tape, delays and costs associated with this type of building work for the building industry and home owners.

Pool safety register

Most pools in Queensland have been registered on the Queensland Government's pool safety register.

Failing to register your pool can result in an on the spot fine of $235.60 or a maximum penalty of up to $2356 if a complaint is made to your local government or the QBCC.

The pool safety register is just one part of a range of initiatives that will help protect young people from drowning unnecessarily.

You can still register your property's pool online, or by contacting the QBCC on 139 333 or

The pool safety register includes a record of pools in Queensland, copies of pool safety certificates issued and a list of all licensed pool safety inspectors.

You can check the register to see if your pool is already registered or not.

Pool fences and safety barriers

Maintenance of pool fences and safety barriers is essential to reduce the number of drownings and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools.

Pool owners are responsible for ensuring pool barriers are maintained and damaged fencing or barriers are fixed immediately.

There is now 1 pool safety standard, which has replaced 11 different standards.

Considerations that pool owners need to be aware of are available below.

For buyers, sellers, lessors and agents

Pool safety laws apply to pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, homestay accommodation and caravan parks (building classes 1-4 as defined under the Building Code of Australia).

Different rules apply depending on whether you are buying, selling or renting a property with a pool.

Pools can only be registered by the public by searching for the property and entering the details in the text box provided. Refer to the links below for more information:

Pool safety inspections

Since 1 December 2010, pool safety certificates have been required when selling or leasing a property with a pool.

Pool safety certificates must be obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector.

Information for pool owners, pool safety inspectors and pool safety inspector course providers is available below.

Pool safety laws

Queensland's new pool safety laws were introduced in 2009 and aim to reduce the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools.

The laws affect new and existing pools.

Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws, or earlier if they sell or lease their property before this time.

Hotels, motels and resorts and other class 3 buildings

As part of the new pool safety laws hotels, motels, resorts and other buildings providing short term accommodation were required to comply with new pool safety standard by 1 June 2011 following a 6-month phase-in period.

Under the new legislation, hotels, motels, resorts and other class 3 buildings have an option to adopt a pool safety management plan as an alternative to constructing a compliant pool barrier.

Pool safety management plans must be approved by the department.

Information to help pool owners develop a pool safety management plan and details of how to apply for a plan are contained in the pool safety management plan guideline (PDF, 197KB).

Requirements for CPR and warning signs

Queensland's pool safety laws require the latest cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign to be displayed near your pool or spa.

Make sure your pool complies with the latest requirements for CPR and warning signs.

Information for local governments

To promote consistency of pool safety standards, existing local government pool safety laws were replaced by the new pool safety legislation on 1 December 2010.

All exemptions (apart from disability exemptions) were also abolished.

View information for local governments.

Child safety and pools

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of 5 years old.

All swimming pool drownings are preventable.

Find out how to improve your swimming pool safety.


More information

For more information, about pool safety licensing, compliance and displinary functions, contact the QBCC on 139 333 or visit the QBCC website.

Last updated 18 August 2015    

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