Pool Fencing Laws & Legislation 2023

The following articles summarise information from https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/buying-owning-home/pool-safety/pool-laws-and-standards/fences-and-barriers

If you own a pool, it is mandatory to maintain a pool fence or barrier at all times to prevent children from drowning or getting injured. The pool fence or barrier must comply with the Queensland Development Code MP 3.4—Swimming pool barriers (PDF, 5.4MB), which modifies the Australian Standard AS1926.2007. Pool owners are responsible for ensuring compliance, while tenants must keep the pool gate closed and prevent objects near the pool area from allowing children to access the pool. If you buy a property with a pool, ensure that it has a compliant pool fence or barrier.

To make a pool fence or barrier compliant, you can replace, tighten or adjust the hinges on your gates, ensure the pool barrier height is at least 1200mm, trim back any vegetation or branches, remove climbable objects from the pool barrier and surrounding areas, and install fixed security screens on windows that open into the pool enclosure.

If part of the pool fence or barrier is damaged or missing, replace it. If you’re selling or leasing the property, the barrier must comply with the current standard. Dividing fences that also serve as pool barriers are common in Queensland, and both you and your neighbor are responsible for maintaining this barrier under the pool safety laws.

Spas and some portable wading pools also need a complying barrier, even if they have fully lockable, solid covers. For more information on pool fences and safety barriers, contact your local government or a building certifier. Guidelines for pool owners and property agents (PDF, 2.3MB) and training in first aid, resuscitation, and more (Royal Life Saving Australia) are also available.

Related forms

More information

Share this post

Scroll to Top