Pool Safety Compliance

Pool Safety Register​

Most pools in Queensland have now been registered on the Queensland Government's Pool Safety Register. The pool safety register is just one part of a range of initiatives that will help protect young people from drowning unnecessarily. The pool safety register includes a record of pools in Queensland and copies of pool safety certificates issued.​

Buyers, Sellers, Tenants and Property Managers

Pool safety laws apply to pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, homestay accommodation and caravan parks (building classes 1-4 as defined under the Building Code of Australia).

Pool Safety Certificates

Since 1 December 2010, pool safety certificates have been required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. Pool Safety Certificates must be obtained from a Licensed Pool Safety Inspector. Book a Pool Safety Inspection with Queensland Pool Inspections

Pool Safety Laws

Queensland's new pool safety laws were introduced in 2009 and aim to reduce the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. The laws affect new and existing pools.
Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws, or earlier if they sell or lease their property before this time.
Stage 1 of Queensland's new pool safety laws was introduced on 1 December 2009 and applied to new residential pools. Stage 2, began on 1 December 2010 and mostly affected existing swimming pools.
There is now one pool safety standard, the Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 3.4 that replaced 11 different pool safety standards.

Requirements for CPR signs

Queensland's pool safety laws require the latest cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign to be displayed near your pool or spa.
The CPR sign must:
  • be attached to the safety barrier for the pool, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is easily visible to a person near the pool
  • be at least 300 mm by 300 mm in size
  • be made of durable and weatherproof material
  • include a statement that is prominent on the sign, explaining to a person reading the sign how to act in an emergency, including for example telephoning for an ambulance, staying with the injured person, calling for help and providing first aid.
Make sure your pool complies with the latest requirements for CPR and warning signs. Guideline 8 - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Child Safety and Pools

Drowning is one of the main causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of 5 years old. For every young child that drowns in a pool, approximately five are hospitalised due to water immersion injuries, some of whom will suffer permanent brain damage.

Parents, people supervising children and pool owners should follow the ABC of pool safety:
Read the ABC of pool safety and the Does your pool pass the test? fact sheets.

Resources and Fact Sheets

More information

For more information, about pool safety licensing and compliance visit the QBCC website