A full list of the changes can be found on the Department of Housing and Public Works site.
Lessors must ensure that before they enter into a new or renewed lease for a property with a non-shared pool (private house), they must get a pool safety certificate.
For shared pools (where residents from 2 or more dwellings use the pool), the owner must give the prospective tenant a copy of the pool safety certificate.
If there is no certificate in effect, before entering into the lease the owner must give a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate (Form 36) to the tenant, the body corporate, and the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.
All pool fences in Queensland must meet the current pool safety standard by 30 November 2015, or earlier if the property is sold or leased.
The Pools Safety Council recommends pool owners regularly check that the gate latches automatically and that the gate’s latching device meets the Australian Standard.
To find out if your pool meets the current pool safety standard, a checklist and other resources are available at www.hpw.qld.gov.au.
Pool owners should have their pool inspected and certified by a licensed pool safety inspector. To find a local pool safety inspector, pool owners can search the Pool Safety Register at www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/PoolSafety.
For more information about Queensland’s pool safety laws, contact the Pool Safety Council on 1800 340 634.