Check the list: Does your pool meet safety standards?
IF YOU'RE unsure your pool complies with the State Government's safety standards, here's the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Pool compliance checklist (QBCC).
To see if your pool is already registered, you can check online at qbcc.qld.gov.au.
- The height of your pool fence must be at least 1200mm.
- The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground must be no more than 100mm.
- The gap between your pool fence rails cannot be closer than 900mm apart.
- You must ensure there aren't any climbable objects within 900mm from the outside and 300mm from the inside of your pool fence.
- All pool fences must be properly maintained.
- A current CPR sign must be easily visible to anyone near the pool.
- You must ensure that no doors or windows provide direct access from the house to the pool and windows which open onto the pool area must be fixed so that they don't open more than 100mm.
- Pool gates must open away from the pool.
- The gate must self-close and self-latch from all open positions.
- Gate latches must be at least 1500mm off the ground and 1400mm above the top part of the lower horizontal railings.
- If your latch is located on the inside, it needs to be a minimum of 150mm below the top of the fence and covered with a 450mm radius shield on the outside.
- The hinges on the pool gate must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge has a non-climbable safety cap.
- You don't need a pool safety certificate if you're selling your property. But if you don't provide a certificate, you must give the buyer a 'Form 36-notice of no pool safety certificate' before entering a contract of sale. They buyer must get a pool safety certificate within 90 days of settlement.
- A pool safety certificate must be obtained before entering into any accommodation agreement.
This is a guide only and if you're still unsure you should contact a licensed pool safety inspector to carry out a full safety audit.