Who Needs
Pool Safety Inspections in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast? 

At Elite Pool Inspections, we are passionate about pool safety inspections in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast  because we cherish the sight of children swimming and playing in and around pools and spas without having to worry about their safety. The responsibility of looking out for your children, friends and family around the pool area can be worrisome. Our focus is to ease your worries by helping you ensure that your swimming pool is fully secured to avoid accidental drowning, especially among children.   

Who can Carry Out Pool Safety Inspections in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and QLD?  

Are you a homeowner, strata manager, real estate agent, or an accommodation operator? Do you have a spa or a swimming pool? Do you intend to lease or sell your property? Then you may need a fully accredited pool safety inspector like myself, who are the only people that can issue a pool safety certificate. As well as effectively helping you to identify areas of concern in relation to the pool fence, that pose a danger to your family, friends’ and other people who visit your home.
 
Moreover, you will no longer need to worry about compliance. We take pride in offering exceptional services that go beyond, enabling you to get a pool safety compliance certificate. Our goal is to help you protect your family and friends especially the small children from preventable accidents in your pool area This way, we help you have peace of mind knowing that your family and visitors are safe and that you are compliant.  

About Pool Safety Inspections in Queensland

The pool safety regulations in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast date back to the early '90s with many standards being applied over the years. The year 2008 saw a significant revision of pool safety laws in Queensland that focused on reducing the number of preventable drownings, especially among children under the age of five. According to the 1st December 2010 law, pool owners are required to build and maintain a restrictive fence around their pool regardless when the pool was built.

Pool Safety Certificate   

Properties that have non-shared pools such as private residences need pool safety certificate before they are sold or leased. The buyers to such a residence need to obtain a compliance certificate within 90 days of acquiring the property if the seller did not have a valid pool safety certificate in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and QLD. Once the pool safety inspection has been carried out by a qualified inspector, you receive a pool safety certificate. The certificate is valid for only two years.   

What is the pool safety standard?

This is the minimum requirements that a spa or a swimming pool barrier must have to comply with pool safety laws in Queensland. Our pool safety inspections check whether the fence complies with these laws. The law applies to the following type of pools,

  • In-ground swimming pools 
  • Above-ground swimming pools 
  • Indoor swimming pools 
  • Portable pools and other vessels that can be can contain 300mm or more of water in terms of depth. 

WHY ELITE POOL INSPECTIONS

Our accredited pool inspector services inspect your barrier. Gates, and pool area for compliance and safety. We also check on any safety breaches and also advise on how you can effectively address them to be compliant and also ensure the safety of your family. Once you have resolved these issues, you can now receive a Compliance Certificate. This certificate is usually a vital part of your contract of lease or sale. The beauty of our service is that we are accredited to conduct pool safety inspection in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast for both private residences and shared pools.

  •  Homeowners, Our inspection services not only enable homeowners to receive compliance certificates, but it also allows them to significantly reduce the danger that exposed pools pose to their family and friends, especially the children.
  • Inspections for pools in resorts and other shared pools. To help sellers to get compliance or non-compliance certificates to be able to transact. To help buyers acquire a property that is safe for their family and friends. To help body corporates fulfil their responsibility to the unit owners, which is to provide safe living conditions that comply to pool safety standards.
  • We also work with landlords and the real-estate agents to help them to comply.

Does your pool comply with 
Pool Safety Laws?

Many details are considered when it comes to pool safety standards. These include the strength and height of barriers, gates with proper latching equipment, and mandatory non-climbable zones, which restrict unsupervised access to the pool area Here's a checklist of what we look for in our inspections,

The Pool Barrier

You need to have a fence or walls of a building that encloses the pool. The bottom line is that the pool should be surrounded by a barrier that is approved. Such a barrier should have 

  • A maximum ground clearance of 100mm.
  • A minimum height of 1200mm.
  • Horizontal rails must have at least one gap 900mm minimum between them on the outside, while for the vertical rails, the gaps should not exceed 100mm. If vertical rails are used exclusively, the gaps should not exceed 10mm and should be on the inside.
  • The other regulations dictate the proximity of the climbable objects from the fence (based on its height) and the pool. 

Pool Entries

The gates should open away from the pool area and should also be self-latching and self-closing.

  • Other factors that to be considered in pool gate design is the height of the latches on the gate and its location, i.e. whether in the inside or the outside.
  • It is also recommended to use hinges of specific thickness spaced at a minimum distance of 900mm apart and a safety cap to prevent climbing. In case you have an indoor pool, you should not have a door or windows that gives directs access to the pool area.

Finally, part of compliance is to include a visible CPR sign. Failure to comply or to register your pool can attract a fine of up to $20,000. Based on the above details, getting the pool safety design right can be a challenge. Fortunately, our pool inspections services can get you on the right track; we are just a phone call away.

Pool Inspections in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast

Home Owners



Each year, the Royal Life Saving compiles a national drowning report. 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. As a Queensland pool owner, you are required as a matter of law to have your pool compliant. For peace of mind so your children don't become another statistic get a pool inspection done by Elite Pool Inspections in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast

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Resorts, Shared Pools
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The rise in demand for apartments and gated communities has seen shared resources including pools coming up. The advantage with shared pools is that the cost of operation is distributed among the members of the community hence lower per household contribution to pool maintenance. Also, shared pools offer a sense of security because when a child strays into the pool area or in the case of an unfortunate drowning event, neighbours can respond and offer a helping hand. Elite Pool Inspections has years of experience in pool inspections. 

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Sellers



On 14th December 2008, the Premier of Queensland, Honourable Anna Bligh MP, commissioned a comprehensive review of Queensland pool safety laws aimed at reducing the rate of drownings and immersion injuries children suffered. 
Among the recommendations forwarded by the Swimming Pool Safety Review committee, included pool safety regulations to govern selling and leasing of properties. All sellers that don't have a current pool safety certificate will need a pool inspector to inspected your fence.

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Buyers



Buying a property is arguably one of the largest investments you will ever make in your lifetime hence the need to exercise caution and much thought. Pool safety regulations when buying properties with a pool are among the most important considerations you will have to make in your purchase decision. This applies whether you are purchasing a property that has a private or shared pool. Pool safety laws were introduced in Queensland following an upsurge of toddler drownings. When buying a house be sure that the house you are buying has a valid safety certificate, if not you will need a Pool inspection. 

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Body Corporates
body corporates



Body corporates have a duty and a legal responsibility to the unit owners thanks to the Queensland pool safety regulations. Whether a unit owner is selling or leasing a property, the body corporates have a role to play in the process to ensure the pool regulations and the pertaining documents are handled in the manner prescribed by law. Whenever one of the lot owners opts to sell or enter into a rental contractual agreement with an existing or new tenant, the pool safety regulations for body corporates require that the body corporate 

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Landlords
Landlords



Swimming pools serve as recreational facilities for families. Both children and adults find pools exciting and as such places they can spend countless hours just having fun. Most families either supervise their kids during swimming sessions or teach them how to swim so that they can do it independently even when the adults are not around. In Queensland, children have been the victims of most pool drowning incidents and this led the government to put in place pool safety laws. 

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Pool CheckList
Pool Checklist

Drowning Deaths in Australia in 2016/17 for children 0-4 years was regrettable 29 and for 5-14 years there were 8 deaths. The 29 deaths of 0-4 years, 21 of those deaths was related to poor or no adult supervision where the child fell into the water and drowned. While adult supervision is the best protection against drowning, non compliant pools are one of the biggest risks for children under the age of five. This can not be ignored. Unsure if your pool is compliant click the read more button below to go to our checklist page for pools and spas.

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Real Estate
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Under the Building Act 1975, pool owners and property agents are required to understand and adhere to their pool safety responsibilities. Due to the fact that pool laws in Queensland for real estate’s change from time to time, some property managers and real estate agents may feel rather confused or lost as to what they are legally required to do. This is where pool inspection professionals come in to guide you on the things you need to have installed so as to comply with the laws. 

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