Queensland Pool Safety Laws  

by Pool Builders on 05-22-2012 in Articles

Recently, the laws regarding pools and spas in Queensland changed dramatically. It is now required that your pool is registered, and that you have a safety certificate in place when selling or leasing a property, and permanently in short term accommodation such as motels and backpacker accommodation. Registration of your pool or spa is easy. It can be done online at the Pool Safety Register, and is free of charge. One simply selects the address and follows the step by step instructions. All pools and spas should already be registered, and fines of up to $2000 can be given if you are caught with an unregistered pool or spa. The council is strict in this regard. The pool safety register allows allows for new data to be added to the register and does not fine anyone for doing so. Safety certificates are issued by Pool Safety Inspectors. The Pool Safety Inspector must be certified by the Pool Safety Council, and this can be verified in the Register. Make sure your inspector is certified!A pool safety certificate must be in the approved form, which means it often cannot be issued on the spot. It must include an official number, which must be purchased from the Pool Safety Council after the inspection, and the certificate must be signed by a certified pool inspector. The certificates are available online for anyone to view, and searches can be performed by address. A Pool Safety Certificate is valid for two years for non-shared pools, and for one year for shared pools. Residential houses are considered non-shared, even if boarders are present. Shared pools are pools are pools accessible by more than one dwelling, such as townhouses.
Safety certificates must be on display for shared properties, either at the entrance of the property or on a door of the pool area.
There is an initial grace period for residential pools to comply with the new laws. This grace period ends in November 2015, by which time all pools must be compliant. However, if the dwelling is sold or leased before then, the grace period no longer applies. Another reason for getting a safety certificate is for peace of mind. In Queensland, too many young children die each year from drowning. Help change this by making sure your swimming area safe. It is easy to be blind to potential hazards you may have in your pool area, and a good pool inspector will help explain any problems you may have, and help you prevent new ones from appearing. Remember, it is your responsibility as a property owner to ensure that you have safe swimming area.

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