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For local governments

To ensure consist pool safety standards across Queensland, local government pool safety laws and exemptions (except disability exemptions) were phased out as of 30 November 2015.


Under the pool safety laws, local governments have powers to:

  • enter properties to inspect pools
  • prosecute owners of non-compliant pools
  • decide impracticality exemptions and existing disability exemptions
  • cancel pool safety certificates for noncompliant pools
  • declare areas as ‘remote’ to help minimise inspection costs for pools in remote areas.


Local governments are also required to:

  • inspect pools if asked by a pool owner—for example, by employing a pool safety inspector in-house, by sharing a pool safety inspector between several local governments or by contracting to a private safety inspector
  • provide records of existing pools to help establish the state-wide swimming pool safety register
  • undertake enforcement action following an immersion notice from Queensland Health, a complaint notice or a notice from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
  • give pool safety advisory information to pool owners every 4 years if a pool safety certificate has not been in effect—for example, by sending pool owners a notice or including information on rates notices.

Under the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010, local governments can charge a cost recovery fee to perform their responsibilities under the pool safety laws, except for responding to immersion notices or complaint notices.

Pool safety inspectors

Local governments must employ or appoint a licensed pool safety inspector if a pool owner asks the local government to inspect their pool to obtain a pool safety certificate.

All other local government pool safety functions under the laws can be undertaken by other suitably trained local government officers.

More information

For more pool safety information for local governments contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

Last updated 16 June 2016    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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