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New Pool Safety Regulations

 

The new pool safety laws affect owners of existing and new pools. Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the pool safety laws, or earlier if they sell or lease their property before this time. If selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool, a pool safety certificate must be obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector. Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for shared pools and two years for non-shared pools. Other changes under the new laws include:

  •  replacing 11 different pool safety standards with one pool safety standard for all pools—the Queensland Development Code, Mandatory Part 3.4
  •  wider application of pool safety laws to include indoor pools and pools associated with hotels, motels, caretaker residences, caravan parks, backpackers, hostels, mobile home parks and homestays
  •  a phase out of child-resistant  doors used as pool barriers for existing pools (self-closing and self-latching doors)
  •  requiring all swimming pools to  be included in the state-based pool safety register by 4 May 2011
  •  fencing of all portable pools and spas capable of being filled with 300 millimetres or more of water.

This means that in the near future Council will be implementing an inspection program to ensure all swimming pools in the Etheridge Shire comply with the new regulations. You will be informed of these inspections as soon as the program has been scheduled.

You can download a range of information on the new pools and pool fencing regulations and your responsibilities by logging onto www.qld.gov.au/poolsafety

If you need any further information in relation to swimming pools and pool fencing please contact Peter Gregory - Manager Building Planning and Communities on 40 621 233 or email: peter.gregory@etheridge.qld.gov.au