How do the New Pool Safety Laws affect you on the Gold Coast?
Under the new swimming pool safety laws:
pool safety certificates, issued by a licensed Gold Coast Pool Safety Inspector, are required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. Gold Coast Pool Safety Certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool ie: the family pool. The pool safety standards apply to all pools associated with houses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, caravan parks, mobile van parks and other forms of short-term accommodation
both new and existing pools must be upgraded to comply with the new safety standards within 5 years unless sold or leased first.
All Gold Coast swimming pools need to be included on the state-based pool register by 4 May 2011. It is up to the pool owner to ensure they are on that register or face being fined. Safety barriers are mandatory for all portable pools and spas deeper than 300mm.