All Queensland pools over 30cm in depth must be fenced. Under Queensland law, pool owners have to ensure their pool complies with the pool safety standard (2010) when they sell or lease their property. If the seller hasn’t provided a compliance certificate, the purchaser is required to get a current pool safety certificate within 90 days. The maximum penalty for non-compliance is $16,500.
In brief, the laws call for:
– Mandatory inspections by local governments for immersion incidents of children under five in swimming pools. These incidents will be reported by hospitals and the Queensland Ambulance Service, including voluntary reporting by doctors and nurses,
– Child resistant doors that form part of the pool barrier will need to be replaced with a fence,
– 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 homestays.