Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under five. Compliant pool fencing, active supervision and swimming lessons can save lives.
New pool safety laws were implemented on 1 December 2015, which require all regulated Queensland swimming pools to meet the single swimming pool barrier standard. Fines from $800 apply to owners of pool fences that do not meet this standard.
Although changes from pre-existing Ipswich City Council laws are minimal, you may be affected by the following requirements:
The standard applies to new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks and mobile van parks.
Further information for swimming pool owners is available on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au. This site has tips and diagrams to help home owners assess their pool for compliance. Pool owners can complete a free self-assessment using the simple checklist at qbcc.qld.gov.au/pool-checklist to easily determine if their pool/spa fencing is compliant. In addition, the site provides access to licensed pool safety inspectors. Since November 2011, it has been a requirement for pool owners to register their pool, so the website can also be utilised to check pool registration.
NOTE: Pool owners do not need to obtain a pool safety certificate unless they sell or lease their home.
For Ipswich residents with concerns about a neighbouring swimming pool or spa
Refer to the QBCC website for further information and advice at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au.
Note: if you chose to seek advice from the QBCC but are still unsure whether a neighbouring pool is compliant after receiving this advice, please contact Council to conduct an inspection.
Residents wishing to lodge a complaint about a swimming pool can contact Ipswich City Council to voice their concerns about the swimming pool barrier.
Council investigates all regulated swimming pool complaints including:
The following information will be useful when you are raising pool barrier concerns with Council staff:
If a resident lodges a complaint with Council, a compliance officer trained in swimming pool barrier safety will inspect the swimming pool. If any serious breaches of the new standard are identified, the pool owner will receive an Enforcement Notice and may also receive an on-the-spot infringement.
Non-compliance with the pool safety standard can result in penalties of over $19,000, while failing to register a pool with the QBCC can result in penalties of over $2,000.