Compliance Requirements for the Queensland Pool Owner

 

ROYAL LIFE SAVING NATIONAL DROWNING REPORT 2017

Each year, the Royal Life Saving compiles a national report on drownings. This document examines the factors responsible for drowning deaths in Australia by looking at where, who, when, and how people have drowned in the previous year. Pool safety is one of the closely watched factors and legislation has been put in place to address this. As a Queensland pool owner, you are required as a matter of policy to have your pool inspected for compliance.

 

Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection

Owners of premises where swimming pools are situated are required by law to register their pools online as well as self-assess and make a formal statement that to the best of their knowledge, their pool barriers are in compliance with the applicable standard.



The pool inspection requirement applies to both indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as spas that are installed or situated on premises on which a moveable dwelling or a residential building is located.

 


Pool Barrier Compliance Requirements

It’s the responsibility of the Queensland pool owner to see to it that their pool complies with the safety standard. Even in cases where the pool has neighbouring properties that are not in compliance with the pool safety standard, the law still requires the pool owner to do their bit to ensure their pool barrier is up to standard. The following are some of the compliance areas you need to keenly look at as the pool owner.

 

Queensland Pool Owners Fencing, Gates and Latches Regulations 

According to the law, the minimum height for a pool fence should be 120cm measured from the ground level upwards. Also, the allowable distance between vertical members such as rods, wire or palings must not exceed 10cm.



Gates, on the other hand, must not open towards the swimming pool area. As a Queensland pool owner, you must ensure that your gate latch releases are located at least 150 cm above the ground or shielded as per the pool safety standard. In addition to this, your pool gates and doors must be closed at all times when not in use.

 

The Non-Climbable ZoneQueensland Pool Owner Non-Climbable Zone

There is a requirement to provide a non-climbable zone around the swimming pool barrier. This zone is necessary to prevent children from using climbable objects or any other means to climb the pool barrier. The safety standard requires that a 90cm non-climbable zone be put in place around the entire length of the pool barrier. If your pool fence is also a dividing fence and is less than 180cm in height, the non-climbable zone should be located on the outside.



The non-climbable zone provision also takes into consideration outdoor furniture, climbable trees, projections, retaining walls, and indentations among other objects that may provide a horizontal surface that can be used by young children to gain a handhold or a foot as they attempt to climb the barrier.

 

Child Resistant Doors

If you are a Queensland pool owner, the pool safety standard to which you are to comply with, doesn’t permit self-latching and self-closing child resistant doors to be used as a pool barrier in cases where such doors give direct access into a pool area. In the event you were granted an exemption by your local government, such exemptions have officially come to an end in November 2015.



According to the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit, child resistant doors were found to pose a serious threat to child safety. These doors have to be upgraded by installing a separate fence between the pool and the building. The only circumstance where compliance may be impractical is when a part of the building may have to be demolished if the barrier is to be erected. This has to be verified by the responsible local government department before an exemption is granted.

 

Queensland Pool Owner Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) SignCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Signs

The pool safety standard requires every Queensland pool owner to clearly and visibly display near the pool a CPR sign which can be seen within the pool area. This sign must also satisfy the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines which require that it measures at least 30cm by 30cm in size and made out of a weatherproof and durable material. The sign must be directive and illustrative enough to inform the public or the pool users what to do in case of an emergency. 

If your pool doesn’t comply with the law, you may be fined by your local government. In order to avoid this, you should get advisory support from our pool safety inspectors who will do a formal and thorough inspection and help you get a pool certificate of compliance. Use our pool fence safety checklist for a more detailed list of requirements.

 

 

Service Areas

Brisbane

Inner Suburbs

Bowen Hills – Brisbane – East Brisbane – Fortitude Valley – Herston – Highgate Hill – Ithaca – Kangaroo Point – Kelvin Grove – New Farm – Newstead – Paddington – Petrie Terrace – South Brisbane – Spring Hill – Teneriffe – West End – Woolloongabba

Western Suburbs

Anstead – Ashgrove – Auchenflower – Bardon – Bellbowrie – Brookfield – Chapel Hill – Chelmer – Chuwar – Corinda – Enoggera – Enoggera Reservoir – Ferny Grove – Fig Tree Pocket – Graceville – Indooroopilly – Jamboree Heights – Jindalee – Karana Downs – Kenmore – Kenmore Hills – Kholo – Lake Manchester – Middle Park – Milton – Moggill – Mount Coot-tha – Mount Crosby – Mount Ommaney – Oxley – Pinjarra Hills – Pullenvale – Red Hill – Riverhills – Sherwood – Sinnamon Park – St Lucia – Taringa – The Gap – Toowong – Upper Brookfield – Upper Kedron – Westlake

Northern Suburbs

Albion – Alderley – Ascot – Aspley – Bald Hills – Banyo – Boondall – Bracken Ridge – Bridgeman Downs – Brighton – Brisbane Airport – Carseldine – Chermside – Chermside West – Clayfield – Deagon – Eagle Farm – Everton Park – Fitzgibbon – Gaythorne – Geebung – Gordon Park – Grange – Hamilton – Hendra – Kedron – Keperra – Lutwyche – McDowall – Mitchelton – Myrtletown – Newmarket – Northgate – Nudgee – Nudgee Beach – Nundah – Pinkenba – Sandgate – Shorncliffe – Stafford – Stafford Heights – Taigum – Virginia – Wavell Heights – Wilston – Windsor – Wooloowin – Zillmere

Eastern Suburbs

Balmoral – Belmont – Bulimba – Camp Hill – Cannon Hill – Capalaba West – Carina – Carina Heights – Carindale – Chandler – Coorparoo – Gumdale – Hawthorne – Hemmant – Lota – Lytton – Manly – Manly West – Moreton Island – Morningside – Murarrie – Norman Park – Port of Brisbane – Ransome – Seven Hills – Tingalpa – Wakerley – Wynnum – Wynnum West

Southern Suburbs

Acacia Ridge – Algester – Annerley – Archerfield – Berrinba – Burbank – Calamvale – Carole Park – Coopers Plains – Darra – Doolandella – Drewvale – Durack – Dutton Park – Eight Mile Plains – Ellen Grove – Fairfield – Forest Lake – Greenslopes – Heathwood – Holland Park – Holland Park West – Inala – Karawatha – Kuraby – Larapinta – Macgregor – Mackenzie – Mansfield – Moorooka – Mount Gravatt – Mount Gravatt East – Nathan – Pallara – Parkinson – Richlands – Robertson – Rochedale – Rocklea – Runcorn – Salisbury – Seventeen Mile Rocks – Sinnamon Park – Stretton – Sumner – Sunnybank – Sunnybank Hills – Tarragindi – Tennyson – Upper Mount Gravatt – Wacol – Willawong – Wishart – Yeerongpilly – Yeronga

Moreton Bay Region

Albany Creek - Arana Hills - Armstrong Creek - Banksia Beach - Beachmere - Bellara - Bellmere Bellthorpe - Bongaree - Booroobin - Bracalba - Bray Park - Brendale - Bunya - Burpengary - Burpengary East - Caboolture - Caboolture South - Camp Mountain - Campbells Pocket - Cashmere - Cedar Creek - Cedarton - Clear Mountain - Clontarf - Closeburn - Commissioners Flat

D'Aguilar - Dakabin - Dayboro - Deception Bay - Delaneys Creek - Donnybrook - Draper - Eatons Hill - Elimbah - Everton Hills - Ferny Hills - Godwin Beach - Griffin Highvale - Jollys Lookout - Joyner - Kallangur - King Scrub - Kippa-Ring - Kobble Creek - Kurwongbah - Laceys Creek - Lawnton

Mango Hill - Margate - Meldale - Moodlu - Moorina - Morayfield - Mount Delaney - Mount Glorious - Mount Mee - Mount Nebo - Mount Pleasant - Mount Samson - Murrumba Downs - Narangba - Neurum - Newport - Ningi - North Lakes - Ocean View - Petrie - Redcliffe – Rocksberg - Rothwell - Rush Creek 

 Samford Valley - Samford Village - Samsonvale - Sandstone Point - Scarborough - Stanmore - Stony Creek - Strathpine - Toorbul - Upper Caboolture - Wamuran - Wamuran Basin - Warner - Welsby - White Patch - Whiteside - Wights Mountain - Woodford - Woody Point - Woorim - Yugar

Redlands City

        Alexandra Hills - Amity Point - Birkdale - Capalaba - Cleveland - Ormiston - Redland Bay - Sheldon - Thorneside - Thornlands - Victoria Point - Wellington Point  

Logan City

Bahrs Scrub - Bannockburn - Beenleigh - Belivah - Berrinba - Bethania - Boronia Heights - Browns Plains - Buccan - Carbrook - Cedar Creek - Cedar Grove - Cedar Vale - Chambers Flat - Cornubia - Crestmead - Daisy Hill - Eagleby - Edens Landing 

Forestdale - Greenbank - Heritage Park - Hillcrest - Holmview - Jimboomba - Kagaru - Kingston - Logan Central - Logan Reserve - Logan Village - Loganholme - Loganlea - Lyons - Marsden - Meadowbrook - Mount Warren Park - Mundoolun - Munruben - New Beith - North Maclean 

  Park Ridge - Park Ridge South - Priestdale - Regents Park - Rochedale South - Shailer Park - Slacks Creek - South Maclean - Springwood - Stockleigh - Tamborine Tanah Merah - Underwood - Undullah - Veresdale - Veresdale Scrub - Waterford - Waterford West - Windaroo - Wolffdene - Woodhill - Woodridge - Yarrabilba

Sunshine Coast

Alexandra Headland - Aroona - Bald Knob - Balmoral Ridge - Battery Hill - Beerburrum Beerwah - Belli Park - Bells Creek - Birtinya - Bli Bli - Bokarina - Booroobin - Bribie Island North Bridges - Buddina - Buderim - Burnside - Caloundra West - Caloundra - Cambroon - Chevallum Coes Creek - Conondale - Coochin Creek - Coolabine - Cooloolabin - Coolum Beach - Cotton Tree Crohamhurst - Curramore - Currimundi - Diamond Valley - Dicky Beach - Diddillibah - Doonan Dulong 

 Eerwah Vale - Elaman Creek - Eudlo - Eumundi - Flaxton - Forest Glen - Gheerulla Glass House Mountains - Glenview - Golden Beach - Harper Creek - Highworth - Hunchy Ilkley - Image Flat - Kenilworth - Kiamba - Kidaman Creek - Kiel Mountain - Kings Beach Kulangoor - Kuluin - Kunda Park - Kureelpa - 

Landers Shoot - Landsborough - Little Mountain Maleny - Mapleton - Marcoola - Maroochy River - Maroochydore - Meridan Plains - Minyama - Moffat Beach - Mons - Montville - Mooloolaba - Mooloolah Valley - Mount Coolum - Mount Mellum - Mountain Creek - Mudjimba - Nambour - Ninderry - North Arm - North Maleny - Obi Obi  

 Pacific Paradise - Palmview - Palmwoods - Parklands - Parrearra - Peachester - Pelican Waters - Peregian Beach - Peregian Springs - Perwillowen - Point Arkwright - Reesville Rosemount - Shelly Beach - Sippy Downs - Tanawha - Towen Mountain - Twin Waters - Valdora Verrierdale - Warana - West Woombye - Weyba Downs - Witta - Woombye - Wootha - Wurtulla Yandina Creek - Yandina - Yaroomba 

Gold Coast

Advancetown ­- Alberton - Arundel - Ashmore - Austinville - Benowa - Biggera Waters - Bilinga Bonogin - Boyland - Broadbeach - Broadbeach Waters - Bundall - Burleigh Heads - Burleigh Waters - Carrara - Cedar Creek - Clagiraba - Clear Island Waters - Coolangatta - Coombabah - Coomera - Currumbin - Currumbin Valley - Currumbin Waters - Elanora 

 Gaven - Gilberton - Gilston - Guanaba - Helensvale - Highland Park - Hollywell - Hope Island - Illinbah - Jacobs Well - Kingsholme - Labrador - Lower Beechmont - Luscombe - Main Beach - Maudsland - Mermaid Beach - Mermaid Waters - Merrimac - Miami - Molendinar - Mount Nathan - Mudgeeraba - Natural Bridge - Nerang - Neranwood - Norwell - Numinbah Valley

Ormeau - Ormeau Hills - Oxenford - Pacific Pines - Palm Beach - Paradise Point - Parkwood - Pimpama - Reedy Creek - Robina - Runaway Bay - South Stradbroke Island - Southern Moreton Bay Islands - Southport - Springbrook - Stapylton - Steiglitz - Surfers Paradise - Tallai - Tallebudgera - Tallebudgera Valley - Tugun - Upper Coomera - Varsity Lakes - Willow Vale - Wongawallan - Woongoolba - Worongary - Yatala

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