Swimming Pools and Spas

Swimming pool fencing and safety requirements

Unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of deaths in Queensland children aged between one and four. As well as supervision of  children and teaching them to swim, safe pool fencing also helps keep our children safe. New pool fence safety rules have been introduced and they affect both existing and new pool owners.

A new standard was introduced on 1 December 2010 and pool owners had until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws or earlier if a pool owner sells or leases their property before this date.

The key changes are:

  • Replacing 11 different pool safety standards with one pool safety standard for all pools (Queensland Development Code – MP3.4).
  • 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 home stays.
  • A requirement for the latest prescribed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign adopted by the Australian Resuscitation Council to be displayed near each pool.
  • A phase out of child-resistant doors used as pool barriers for existing pools (self-closing and self-latching doors).
  • Fencing of all portable pools and spas that are capable of being filled with 300 millimetres or more of water.
  • Mandatory inspections by Local Governments for immersion incidents of children under five in swimming pools.
  • For more details refer to the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

Further information

Should you have any further enquires then please contact our Customer Service Centre on 13 48 10 or email us.