We are all responsible for keeping our children safe around pools.
Refer to Queensland Development Code for pool safety standard QDC MP3.4 Swimming pool barriers.
As an owner of a pool or land with a pool you must:
- ensure your pool fences comply with the law
- maintain the pool fence
- remove any objects (such as furniture) that would allow children access to the pool
- repair any damage to the fence immediately.
As a tenant, you must:
- ensure the pool gate is closed
- remove any objects (such as furniture) that would allow children access to the pool.
Approvals for pools and spas
All swimming pools and spas need a building approval to build or demolish and must be registered with the Queensland Building Construction Commission (QBCC).
These requirements don't apply to portable wading pools that are:
- unable to be filled to 300 millimetres or more (ruler height), and
- less than 2000 litres (about seven bathtubs), and
- have no filtration system (pump and filter attached)
Where to go for information
Swimming pool regulations involve different parts of the government. The following table will help you find the information you need.
Application for pool safety standard exemption
Use this form to request an exemption from complying with a part of the pool safety standard. Fees apply. See application form for details.