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9 AUGUST 2010 – POOL FENCE COMPLIANCE

9 AUGUST 2010 – POOL FENCE COMPLIANCE

Q.I am selling a property with a swimming pool. How do I ensure that the pool fence is compliant?

A. All swimming pools in Queensland must be enclosed by fencing that meets with the state governments pool fencing legislation. It is the responsibility of property owners with pools to ensure that compliant pool fencing is in place at all times.

Attached is a copy of the governments two-staged improvement strategy aimed at reducing the number of drowning of young children in Queensland.

Under Queensland pool fencing laws owners must:

  • Make sure that a compliant fence is in place and maintained
  • Display a warning sign when a pool is under construction
  • Ensure pools with building applications lodged on or after 1 October 2003 display a CPR sign

Tenants also have responsibilities, including:

  • not keeping a pool gate open
  • ensuring there are no objects that would allow children to access the pool unattended.

From late 2010 property owners must obtain a compliance certificate for their pool when selling their property. If the pool doesn’t meet the compliance standards, a compliance notice will be issued. If the fence remains non-compliant after 20 days, the officer can issue a fine or refer the matter to the Magistrates Court.