Get Ready for New Pool Fence Safety Laws

17 Sep 2010 9:12 AMJann Stuckey

17 September 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, is advising all pool owners in the Currumbin electorate to be aware of tough new pool safety laws that were passed in State Parliament this week. 

“Strict laws have been introduced by the State Government under its swimming pool safety reform with the aim of reducing the number of children under five drowning in household pools.

“The second stage of the Government’s new pool safety laws means that all new and existing pools in Queensland will be subject to the same strict pool fencing standard.

“Owners of residential pools will be required to have their pool fence compliant with the new standard within five years, or when selling or leasing their property after 1 December 2010.

“Shared pools and those in tourist and holiday accommodation outlets will also need to adhere to specific new laws.

“In addition a new pool fencing inspector licensing system will begin, with training and qualifications to be monitored by the independent Pool Safety Council which has been established.

“Residents need to be aware that the state’s new Swimming Pool Register carries a penalty of $2000 for pool applications not registered within six months.

“Importantly, and of particular note for many Gold Coast residents, current exemptions applicable under local council laws will be revoked, unless the exemption is for a recognised disability or certain other geographic impracticalities.

“Without doubt these changes will impose hefty costs on pool owners to reach compliance, however the safety of children is the paramount concern. 

“Of course, no amount of safety standards or procedures can diminish the responsibility of parents and guardians to supervise their children in and around the pool.

“For more information, contact the Department of Infrastructure and Planning on
(07) 3227 8548 or visit www.dip.qld.gov.au