Pool Safety Certificates

Overview of Pool Safety laws

If you need help achieving Pool Safety Compliance, Pool Safety First can help you through the process and get your pool checked.

Pool Safety

The Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) oversees the Pool Safety Inspector licensing and compliance system. The QBCC also maintains a Pool Safety Register.

The QBCC’s Pool Safety Register records all pools in Queensland, issued Pool Safety Certificates and all licensed Pool Safety Inspectors.

All pools and spas in Queensland must be fenced and registered on the QBCC’s Pool Safety Register.

If your property is leased or sold, you will require a Pool Safety Certificate.

Enforcing Pool Safety Standards

The pool fencing legislation allows Councils to issue on-the-spot fines for non-compliant pool fencing.

Pool Safety Certificate (PSC)

A Pool Safety Certificate (Form 23) is given by a Pool Safety Inspector, when a Pool is Inspected and deemed compliant with the Fencing Standards.

A Pool Safety Certificate is mandatory if you are renting or leasing your house with a pool. If you are selling your house, or renting or leasing a property with a shared pool, then you can choose whether to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate, or otherwise notify the new owner or tenant that the pool does not have a certificate.

What to do if Renting or Leasing Your Home

If you’re leasing your property, you must provide the new tenant with a Pool Safety Certificate (Form 23) before the lease is signed. It is an offence to enter into an accommodation agreement without the Certificate.

What to do When Selling Your House or If You Have a Shared Pool

If you’re selling your property or leasing your property with a shared pool, you can provide the new owner or tenant with one of the following:

  1. Pool Safety Certificate (Form 23)
  2. Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate (Form 36)
  3. Final Inspection Certificate (Form 17)

About Pool Safety Certificates

  • Form 23 tells the new owner or tenant that the pool fencing is compliant.
  • Form 36 tells the new owner or tenant that you haven’t had the fencing checked.  The new owner or tenant will then have 90 days from settlement or lease to achieve compliance and obtain a Pool Safety Certificate for the pool.
  • Form 17 is for a new pool, and tells the new owner or tenant that the pool fencing was compliant at the time of inspection.  Note – Form 17 can only be used instead of a Form 23 if they were issued within the last 2 years.

Further Notes on Pool Safety Certificates

  • A Pool Safety Certificate is valid for 1 year for a shared pool and 2 years for a non-shared pool
  • If the pool at your property is new, you can use the Final Inspection Certificate (Form 17) instead of a Form 23 if the certificate was issued within the last 2 years
  • Where a Pool Safety Certificate has been issued, the certificate must be displayed near the main entrance or at the gate or door giving access to the pool

More Information

If in doubt or need more assistance, Contact Pool Safety First for more information.