Pool Safety Inspections QLD
Queenslander's love their pools. With our sub-tropical climate, its no wonder that well over 280,000 households* in Queensland have a private swimming pool on the premises. Unfortunately this has tragically resulted in backyard pools being the leading cause of death of children aged 1 to 4 years old. This could be easily prevented by following the correct precautions on pool safety and fences to ensure the family swimming pool remains a safe place.
What many home owners don't realise is that new pool safety laws have been introduced in Queensland over the past two years, replacing 11 different pool safety standards that existed before 2009 with one safety standard - the Queensland Development Code, Mandatory Part 3.4. While this will have little effect on new swimming pools being built, homes with existing pools will however need to be inspected by one of our licensed pool safety inspectors to make sure they meet the new safety standards.
Why some pools fail a safety inspection
Some of the most common issues that our pool safety inspectors see when conducting a mandatory pool inspection include (but aren't limited to) the following:
- Gate latches and hinges aren't compliant with standards
- The distance between vertical fence members is higher than 100mm (10cm)
- The distance below the bottom railings is higher than 100mm
- The overall fence height is below 1200mm
- There a climbable objects abutting the pool enclosure (for example: air conditioning units, furniture, trees)
- A current pool safety and resuscitation sign is not visible.
Before a pool safety inspection
To save you money (and our inspectors time), you can perform these simple checks and rectify any issues before a pool safety inspection is carried out to make sure your pool fence meets the current standards first go and you can be issued with a Pool Safety Compliance Certificate.
Our pool inspections
Reports Direct is happy to help if you have any queries about your pool compliance - email us and send photos of any area that concerns you and we will contact you to discuss.
- Pool Inspection Cost: $220.00 inc GST
- Pool Safety Compliance Certificate: $31.00 inc GST
If one of our inspectors finds a defect on the day, you will need to pay for a re-inspection (from $110.00).
Pool safety laws - some facts
- Pool owners have until the 30th November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws (or earlier if they sell or lease their home before then).
- The new laws apply to a wider application to include indoor pools, and pools at hotels and other accommodation providers.
- Each pool owner must display a current resuscitation and pool safety sign in a secure and visible location (we can supply one for $20.00)
- All new pools require building approval before the pool is filled to a depth of 300 millimetres or more.
- Pool owners must register their pool by 4 November 2011 in the state-based pool safety register.
- * Queensland Water and Energy Use and Conservation, Oct 2009, Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Pool Safety Laws overview
- Queensland Development Code, Mandatory Part 3.4