From December 1, 2015, all Queensland pools must meet the state’s new safety standard.
The key changes are:
• Replacing 11 different pool safety standards with one pool safety standard for all pools (Queensland Development Code, MP 3.4);
• Wider application of pool safety laws to include indoor pools and pools associated with hotels, motels, caretaker residences, caravan parks, backpackers, hostels, mobile home parks and home stays;
• A phase out of child-resistant doors used as pool barriers for existing pools (self-closing and self-latching doors);
• A requirement for the prescribed CPR sign (a sign that complies with Guideline 7 – Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation published by the Australian Resuscitation Council) to be displayed near each pool;
• Fencing of all portable pools and spas capable of being filled with 300 millimetres or more of water;
• Mandatory inspections by local governments for immersion incidents of children under five in swimming pools;
• A pool safety certificate, issued by a licensed pool safety inspector, is required when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool. Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool.
For more information: www.qbcc.qld.gov.au