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Pool safety laws

Swimming Pool Safety Laws

  • Pool safety certificates are required when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool.
  • Both new and existing pools must be upgraded to comply with the standards by 30 November 2015, or earlier if sold or leased first.
  • All regulated pools in Queensland must be registered

Pools Affected by the Legislation

The pool safety legislation apply to all pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, homestay accommodation and caravan parks (class 1-4 buildings)

Non-shared pools (Your pool at home)

Owners of a non-shared pool (a pool only accessible to residents of one dwelling) are required to ensure a pool safety certificate is in effect for the pool before entering into a new or renewed lease for a property.

Pool safety certificates are valid for two years for non-shared pools. The owner of a non-shared pool does not need to display their pool safety certificate.

Shared Pools (residential unit complex, motel or caravan park)

If residents of two or more dwellings can use a pool (for example, in a residential unit complex, motel or caravan park), it is a shared pool.

If there is a pool safety certificate in effect for a shared pool, the owner leasing a property (usually the body corporate) which has the use of a shared pool (e.g. a unit), must give a copy of the certificate to the person who will be the tenant.

There is no limit to the number of times a property can be leased during the currency of the certificate.

If there is no certificate in effect for a shared pool, the owner of the property being leased must give a Form 36 – Notice of no pool safety certificate, to the person who will be the tenant, to the body corporate, and to the Department of Housing and Public Works before entering the lease.

A form 36 advises that no pool safety certificate is currently in effect. The body corporate then has 90 days to obtain a pool safety certificate for the pool.

Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for shared pools. A pool safety certificate for a shared pool must be conspicuously displayed near the main entrance of the premises or at a gate or door accessing the pool.

Spas and Portable Pools

Spas and portable pools that are capable of being filled with 300 millimetres or more of water, have a volume of 2,000 litres or more or a filtration system, are covered by the pool safety standard. Bathroom spas that are used as baths and emptied after use are not included.

CPR & Warning Signs

Swimming pool areas must display a CPR sign and a warning sign during construction. Queensland’s pool safety laws require the latest cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign to be displayed near your pool or spa. Signs must comply with the regulations set forth by Queensland government and the Australian Resuscitation Council.

The Pool Safety Register

The pool safety register is a state-wide database that keeps a record of all the regulated pools in Queensland and is available online at The purpose of the register is to provide local governments, pool safety inspectors, the department, the PSC, pool owners, property agents and the general public with a central source of information about pools, pool safety certificates and pool safety inspectors.

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