The introduction of the Queensland government's Pool Safety Laws in 2010, placed additional responsibilities on pool owners to ensure that the barrier (or fence) around their pool meets with requirements. Since November 2015, the barrier around any existing pool or spa must be upgraded to comply with the new pool safety standard.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) Pool Safety webpages have all the details.
POOL SAFETY CERTIFICATES
Since December 2010, property owners and managers must ensure that a current Pool Safety Certificate is in place for any property that has a non-shared swimming pool or spa, prior to signing a lease (new or existing). A pool safety inspection is not required prior to the start of each lease but rather there must simply be a current Pool Safety Certificate in place for that pool. It is the responsibility of the property owner and their managing agent to ensure that each non-shared pool located at a rental property continues to have a current Pool Safety Certificate whilst it remains a rental property.
Pool Safety Certificates for non-shared pools at rental properties remain current for two years from date of issue.
Since 2010, a body corporate is responsible for maintaining a Pool Safety Certificate if the pool is a shared pool located in a common area. A copy of the Pool Safety Certificate must be displayed in a common area.
SHORT TERM ACCOMMODATION
Since 2010, hotels, motels, resorts and caravan parks with a shared pool located in a common area are not able to book short term guests without a current Pool Safety Certificate. A copy of the Pool Safety Certificate must be displayed in a common area.
Pool Safety Certificates for shared pools remain current for one year from date of issue.
OWNER OCCUPIED PROPERTIES
Owner occupiers of properties with a pool are not required to maintain a current Pool Safety Certificate.