There are five top things you can check around your pool to help make it safe:
- Your pool gate is self-closing and self-latching
- Your pool fence is at least 1,200mm high from ground level and any gaps in or under the fence are no greater than 100mm
- There are no items near the fence that could be used to climb over
- Your CPR sign is the current sign
- Your pool is registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
Download the comprehensive Pool Safety Checklist (PDF, 138.5 KB)
Please note: Self-checks are not a substitute for pool inspections and are for education purposes only. Use of this checklist is not acknowledgement of compliance and does not guarantee your pool is compliant with all relevant laws. To ensure compliance and relevant approvals are obtained, you should engage a pool safety inspector to carry out a complete inspection.
Pool safety laws
- Pool safety laws implemented on 1 December 2015 require all regulated Queensland swimming pools to meet the single swimming pool safety standard. Fines starting from $883 apply to owners of pool fences not meeting this standard.
- The standard applies to new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks and mobile van parks.
- Although changes from pre-existing Ipswich City Council laws are minimal, you may be affected by the following requirements:
- Prohibiting direct access from a building into the pool area
- Installing a currently compliant CPR sign
- Shielding or removing any climbable objects near the barrier
- Pool fences must be at least 1,200mm in height with gaps no greater than 100mm under the fence.
Swimming pool/spa owners in Ipswich
- Further information for swimming pool owners is available on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) website. 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 QBCC Pool Compliance Checklist to easily determine if their pool/spa fencing is compliant and access licensed pool safety inspectors.
- As of November 2011 pool owners are required to register their pool, so the website can also be utilised to check pool registration.
- Note that pool owners do not need to obtain a pool safety certificate unless they sell or lease their home.
- 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 for further information.
- Find out more about pool and spa laws, permits and regulations on Council's Swimming Pools and Spas webpage.
Swimming pool/spa complaints
- Residents wishing to lodge a complaint about a swimming pool can lodge a complaint with and/or contact Ipswich City Council to voice their concerns about the swimming pool barrier.
- Council investigates all regulated swimming pool complaints, including:
- Portable/temporary above ground swimming pools and spas deeper than 300mm
- All permanent swimming pools and spas (in ground and above ground) on residential land
- Immersion incidents that occur in regulated swimming pools.
- The following information will be useful when you are raising pool barrier concerns with Council staff:
- Property location of the swimming pool/spa
- Depth of the swimming pool/spa
- Whether the swimming pool/spa currently holds water deeper than 300 mm
- Concerns regarding the pool/spa barrier.
- 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.