Your obligation as a pool owner is to keep kids safe

Do you have a valid pool safety certificate?

Pool safety laws are here for a reason, to keep young children safe and save lives.  As a pool owner, you have a duty to protect children.  Ownership of a backyard pool or spa brings the responsibility of complying with pool safety standards. As a pool certifier in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and Gold Coast, we’re here to help you comply.

Unfortunately, private pool drownings are the most common, and in 2015-2020, they accounted for 40% of drownings.  Of these 27 private pool incidents, 27 were private homes, townhouses, or units (including two resort pools).

CALL US when your pool or spa is due for its compliance inspection.  We are a knowledgeable, experienced, and licensed pool inspector to help you keep your family and friends safe.

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When you need a Pool Safety Certificate, we’re the ones to call.

Whether you are building a pool, installing a spa or have an existing pool or spa, we are your pool safety partner. A third party private pool certifier in Brisbane and surrounds, we work independently to identify and rectify any safety breaches.

We will issue you with a swimming pool compliance checklist so we can work together and prioritise your pool’s repairs and maintenance.  Once there is evidence that the pool meets government standards, our inspector will issue you with a pool safety certificate.

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Keep everyone safe

Keeping your family, friends, neighbours and tenants safe is important to you, so why not make it a priority in your backyard?  Our team is dedicated to safety and has over 15 years of inspection experience. Our director, Lachlan Pascoe, is a licensed swimming pool inspector – License number PS1199206. Lachlan can assist you in getting a pool certificate on the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane.

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We go beyond the standards of pool and spa safety

As licensed pool safety inspectors, we are licensed under the Building Act 1975 (the Act)[i] to perform pool safety inspection functions.  We must abide by the code of conduct for pool safety inspectors (the code)[ii] made under section 246AZ of the Act.  The code sets binding standards of conduct for swimming pool safety inspectors when performing a pool safety inspection function under the Act in Queensland.

At Admired Building & Pest Inspections, we are committed to providing exceptional service and professionalism under the code of conduct.  In delivering our pool certification service, we will:

  • Comply with, and exceed, the requirements of the code of conduct
  • We will accrue the required compulsory continuing professional development (CPD) points before our next license renewal.
  • Maintain prescribed professional indemnity insurance

As a Brisbane pool certifier, we’ll help you reduce risk and become compliant

As licensed pool certifiers, we know too well the risks of ignoring pool compliance.  Our inspections are thorough.

We inspect the pool or spa area, check for climbable objects (including gardens), inspect doors, windows, gates, barriers, fences, balconies and signage for compliance.  We’ll provide you with a report of our findings, so you are aware of any breaches and know the required improvements.  We will work with you on a plan of action toward compliance.  Once you’re compliant, you can add your pool safety certificate to the Government Pool Safety register[i].

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Know what you’re buying

Did you know that the seller does not require a pool safety certificate if you’re buying a property with a pool or spa in Queensland[i]? They do need to provide you, the buyer, a Form 36 – Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate.  Form 36 must be provided before entering the sale contract. The seller must send a copy to the QBCC before settlement.

A pre-purchase pool inspection is essential from a buyer’s standpoint where a pool does not have a safety certificate. This inspection will identify any issues in the pool area and allow you to decide before purchasing the property.  As the buyer, it will be your responsibility to obtain a pool safety certificate within 90 days of property settlement.  As the seller, you can still be penalised for noncompliance after giving Form 36.

It’s important to understand that accountability comes with being a pool owner.  Having an unregistered pool is negligent, dangerous and can result in a hefty fine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register my pool?

All pools in Queensland must be registered with the QBCC.  To list your pool on the pool safety register, visit qbcc.qld.gov.au

Do I need a pool safety certificate?

Both shared, or non-shared pools do not need a pool safety certificate to sell a property. For selling a property, there are additional requirements. Read about them in the ‘know what you’re buying’ section above or on QBCC’s website.

When leasing a property with a non-shared pool, the owner should provide a pool safety certificate before entering into the accommodation agreement.  Renting a property with a shared pool is a little more complicated, and you can find more details on the QBCC website.

Even if you’re not selling or leasing, it’s your duty of care to seek a pool safety certification to safeguard children from drowning. Contact us to get advice from our licensed pool safety inspector about an inspection and what you can do to make your pool comply.

Who can issue a pool safety certificate?

Only a pool safety inspector licensed by QBCC can issue a pool safety certificate.  You can check to see if there is already a certificate for the pool by searching the QBCC pool register[1].

How long are pool certificates valid for in Queensland?

Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool. 

Do I have to display my pool safety certificate?

Shared pools must have the certificate displayed at the main entrance to the premises or a gate or door accessing the pool.

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What happens if my pool doesn’t comply?

If our pool certifier finds your pool or spa doesn’t comply, we will issue you a non-conformity notice (Form 26).  This notice will advise how the pool doesn’t comply and what is needed to make it comply.

At Admired Building & Pest, we have a license to carry out certain minor repairs.  The pool owner can also carry out certain repairs or engage another contractor to perform them.  You can refer to schedule 2C of the Building Regulation 2006[i], which sets out the repairs and maintenance work pool owners can carry out.  Schedule 2B sets out the minor repairs an appropriately licensed inspector may do.

If you need your pool re-inspected within three months after receiving the non-conformity notice, you must reengage the original inspector.

Can you sell a house without a pool safety certificate?

Yes, you can sell a property without a pool safety certificate. See the section above named “Know What You’re Buying” for more information.

Is my pool compliant in Qld?

You can complete an  interactive pool compliance checklist to determine if your pool meets the current safety standards,

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection in Qld?

Use the compliance checklist mentioned above.

How often do I need to get a pool safety inspection?

Yearly for a shared pool and every two years for a non-shared pool.

What do you check during a pool inspection?

We are not just a pool fence certifier. We check everything from pool barriers and pool fencing to pool barrier gates, doors, windows, balconies, and signage during an inspection. 

Are you only Brisbane pool certifiers? 

No, our pool inspection service is not limited to Brisbane! We carry out pool inspections on the Gold Coast and in Logan, as well as issuing pool safety certificates in Ipswich qld.

As a tenant, am I responsible for pool compliance inspections?

The property owner is responsible for obtaining a pool safety certificate. However, as a tenant, you are responsible for ensuring the gate is closed, and that there are no climbable objects around the pool or spa fence.

If you rent a property and decide to buy a spa, portable pool or swimming pool, you must ensure the pool has a compliant fence or barrier as required in the Queensland Development Code for Swimming Pool Barriers.[ii] 

What is classed as a swimming pool?

A swimming pool is an above or below ground structure primarily used for swimming or bathing, or a portable pool or spa (including kiddy pools), that can hold at least 300mm of water.  If you own one, the pool safety laws apply to you.  A depth of 30cm may seem like the smallest amount of water, but it can be deadly if there are improper safety measures.  The standard applies to new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks and mobile van parks.

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The material and information on this page are for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon the material or information on this page as a basis for making any business, legal, or other decisions without engaging our licensed pool safety inspector and seeking up-to-date information from the QBCC.