Queensland's pool safety laws 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.
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.
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
- have a pool safety management plan that has been approved by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
For more information, please see:
- the Pool safety management plan guideline (PDF, 513KB)
- Pool safety information for buyers, sellers, lessors and agents
- the Pool safety management plan application form (Form 38) (PDF, 314KB).
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.