NEW POOL LAWS

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As of 1 December 2009 the State Government implemented new pool safety regulations.

Stage 1 of the new pool safety regime includes;

Simplification of pool fencing laws to the latest pool fencing standards. Specifying standards for temporary fencing for pools under construction. Ensuring all new swimming pools undergo mandatory final inspection. Mandatory CPR signage that meets current best practice. Developing a model pool register. Better reporting of immersion incidents from Queensland Police. More then tripling the spend of State Government’s pool safety campaign.

Stage 2 starts in late 2010 and targets existing swimming pools with;

Rationalisation of 11 current pool fencing standards to just 1 standard. Wider application of state laws to include indoor pools and pools associated with hotel, motel, caretaker residences and caravan parks. Fencing for all portable pools deeper than 300mm. Phase out of child-resistant doors forming part of a pool barrier. Mandatory inspections at point of sale and lease of properties with a pool to obtain a certificate of compliance. A pool safety inspection certificate lasts for 2 years for a non-shared pool regardless of how many times it is released of sold in this period.

A certificate lasts for 1 year for shared pools regardless of how many there is a release of sale in this period. Removing the ability for councils to create local pool laws where state laws apply. Local governments to gain greater powers of entry for safety inspections Model local law for councils to cover public swimming pools outside of state laws.

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