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 Pool safety laws

Queensland's pool safety laws (PDF, 1.3MB) were introduced in 2009 and apply to all pools—new and existing.

You must comply with the pool safety standard by 30 November 2015, or before if you are selling or leasing your property.

For buyers, sellers, lessors (renters) and agents

Pool safety laws apply to all pools associated with domestic buildings, including motels, hotels and backpacker hostels.

Different rules apply depending on whether you are buying, selling or renting a property with a pool. Read the Guidelines for pool owners and property agents (PDF, 2.3MB).

You can check the pool safety register to see if a pool safety certificate has been issued for a property or to register a pool.

Pool safety inspections

If you are selling or renting a property with a pool, you must have a current pool safety certificate.

Pool safety certificates can be provided only by a licensed pool safety inspector.

Find a licensed swimming pool safety inspector

Hotels, motels, resorts and other short term-accommodation (Class 3) buildings

All hotels, motels, resorts and other buildings providing short-term accommodation must comply with the pool safety standard.

These properties must:

  • have a compliant pool barrier
    or
  • have a pool safety management plan that has been approved by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

For more information, please see:

Requirements for CPR and warning signs

You must have a cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign displayed near your pool or spa that complies with ‘Guideline 7—cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in February 2006.

Find out the requirements for CPR and warning signs.

Information for local governments

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

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

View information for local governments.



Last updated 21 October 2015    

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More information

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

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