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25 July, 2014

Child drownings have halved since Queensland introduced some of Australia's toughest swimming pool safety laws in 1991, but we can do better.

The Queensland Government has developed new pool safety laws as a result of the most comprehensive review of Queensland's swimming pool safety laws in nearly 20 years.

While new laws are important, it is also important to remember that effective pool safety depends on parents and carers being vigilant in supervising young children around pools at all times.

When will these new laws come into effect?
The Pool safety improvement strategy will be implemented in two stages:

Stage One - to be implemented from 1 December 2009. Stage one is proposed to take effect on 1 December 2009 and apply to new residential swimming pools. It will include:

Simplification of pool fencing laws to the latest pool fencing standards.
Provisions to allow temporary fencing for pools under construction.
Ensuring all new swimming pools undergo mandatory final inspections.
Mandatory cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) signage that meets current best practice.
Development of a model swimming pool register.
Better reporting of immersion incidents from Queensland Police.
More than tripling the spending on the Queensland Government's pool safety campaign.

Stage two - to be implemented later in 2010 and will mostly target existing swimming pools, including:

Rationalisation of 11 current pool fencing standards to just one standard for all pools, both new and existing.
A mandatory point of sale and lease inspection system.
Phase out of child-resistant doors used as pool barriers for existing pools.
Wider application of state laws to include indoor pools and pools associated with hotels, motels, caretaker residences and caravan parks.
A swimming pool register.
Fencing for all portable pools deeper than 300 millimetres.
Narrowing the ability for councils to create local pool laws where state laws apply.
Councils to gain greater powers of entry for safety inspections.
Model local law for councils who wish to cover pools outside state laws.

For more information about the new laws visit www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolfencing or phone 1800 153 262 (free call).

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