Queensland Pool Legislation Changes

Posted on November 29, 2010

 

Swimming pools should be fun. However, drowning is the leading cause of death for children aged one to four years in Queensland. Supervision of kids and teaching them to swim at a young age can save lives. Effective pool fencing also helps keep kids safe. This is why new pool safety laws have been introduced in Queensland. Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new laws – unless they sell or lease their property before this time.

These new laws have been designed to streamline and unify pool safety legislation by replacing 11 pool safety standards with one. There will also be a wider application of relevant legislation to include areas such as caravan parks, indoor and hotel pools, backpackers, mobile home parks and homestays. The current type of pool closing mechanism will be phased out and there will be a requirement for the latest prescribed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign adopted by the Australian Resuscitation Council to be displayed near each pool.

There are tougher guidelines for purchasers or owners of leased properties, requiring certification to be carried out before a sale achieves settlement or a non-compliance certificate will be issued along with the requirement to certify the pool to the relevant standards within 90 days of settlement, at the purchaser’s expense unless otherwise negotiated during the sale.

A state-based Pool Registry has been created to record a list of regulated pools in Queensland, and pool owners have until February 2011 to check that their pool has been registered. If not, they are required to do so. The pool safety register also includes a list of all licensed pool safety inspectors. The register can be accessed at www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolsafetyregister.

So, make sure that you have all of the relevant and up-to-date information for the neww pool legislation laws ion Queensland. for anyone elsewhere in the country, why not take a look through the legislation anyway – Queensland have done a great job of addressing the serious issue of childhood drownings. There’s something for every pool-owner and parent here. Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines.


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