What is Pool Safety Compliance?

By March 7, 2020Pool Safety

Written by QBCC QLD and published on https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/.

All properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa that are being leased or sold must have a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance. This includes any property that is already leased or for sale.

​A swimming pool compliance certificate is a certificate that states your swimming pool or external spa is safe and compliant to the applicable Australian standards.

Pool safety compliance

Compliant pool barriers help save lives by preventing young children from accessing swimming pools.

All pools, including spas and some portable pools, must now comply with the pool safety standard.

The standard applies to homes with new or existing pools as well as short and long-term accommodation premises. This includes new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks, and mobile van parks.

Pool owners need to be aware that any person who props open a pool gate is liable to an on-the-spot fine of over $450.

What classes as a swimming pool?

A swimming pool is defined as an above or belowground structure principally used for swimming or bathing, including some models of portable pools and spas.

If your portable pool or spa can hold more than 300 millimeters of water then the laws apply to you. The pool laws don’t apply to fishponds, however, if you have a swimming pool that is now being used for another purpose e.g. as a fishpond, it is still considered a pool and must have a compliant barrier.

Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/pool-safety-compliance.

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