Pool amnesty ends today

DEPUTY Premier Paul Lucas has reminded Queenslanders the six-month exemption for rental properties with non-shared pools from obtaining pool safety certificates ends today.

Mr Lucas said the exemption was a temporary disaster relief measure that was required to ensure that houses were available for rent without delay for evacuees and tradespeople helping with flood and cyclone recovery efforts.

“The need for the exemption has now passed and from 8 July 2011 properties with a pool that is exclusive to that home (non-shared) will again be required to obtain a pool safety certificate before a lease is entered,” he said.

“Also in response to the Queensland flood and cyclone recovery efforts, an extension was provided to pool owners to register their pools on Queensland’s pool safety register.

“Pool owners now have until 4 November 2011 to register their pool.”

This exemption does not affect other aspects of the pool laws.

“For the sale of a home with a non-shared pool a buyer must obtain a pool safety certificate within 90 days of settlement, if the seller does not provide them with a certificate.

“Sellers are required to notify the potential purchaser if there is no certificate before entering a contract of sale,” Mr Lucas said.

For the sale of a shared pool the owner of the pool, for example a body corporate, must obtain a pool safety certificate if one is not already in place within 90 days of a sale or lease taking place.

However, shared pool owners can take advantage of a two-year amnesty period on obtaining certificates that ends on November 30, 2012.

Where a property with a pool is not sold or leased pool owners have until November 30, 2015, to bring their pools into line with the new pool safety barrier standard.

“The government’s comprehensive package of pool safety reforms is in place and working to save young children,” Mr Lucas said.

As at June 30 1003 licensed inspectors had inspected and certified as compliant 20,391 pools.

Further information, including factsheets and guidelines, is available at www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/pool-safety.

People may also call the Pool Safety Council on 1800 340 634 to discuss any aspect of the new laws to be certain of the appropriate steps to take.

Gympie Times


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