Pool safety and fencing laws - the Dimensions and the Exclusion Zone

Pool safety and fencing laws – the Dimensions and the Exclusion Zone

If you are a pool owner in Queensland then you need to make sure that you not only have a pool fence, but make certain that it is registered and up to date with the latest Queensland laws. From 20 November 2015, Queensland established new Pool Fence Safety laws that makes it a requirement to install, maintain, and inspect pool fences in order to help prevent incidents and decrease pool dangers.

Many of these new Pool Fence Laws involve making certain that your Glass Pool Fence is properly maintained, is at least the minimum height off the ground, and doesn’t have any big gaps. You also have to ensure that your hinges are sustained, that there are no climbable objects too close the Glass Pool Fence, and also that any windows overlooking the pool are following the safety requirements.

Specifically, the requirements can be divided into two categories: Fence Dimensions and the Exclusion Zone.

Gold Coast Pool Fence Dimensions:
Your Gold Coast Pool fence must function as a fence which is continuous for the full scope of the pool– it must be fully enclosed by a fence. This means that you can use side and back fences as sections of your pool fence, provided it creates a constant barrier, where all components of the fence are compliant.
Your pool fence must go to at least 1200mm high from bottom to top.
Your fence must contain a minimum of one gate, the gate can not open into the pool area, and this gate must have self-closing hinges that can shut from any open position.

While you can use other surface areas, like your boundary fences, or parts of your property as a fence, there are some restrictions. Ultimately, your pool barrier can not have direct access through a building– there must always be some kind of fence. This applies to both windows and doors. This suggests that you can not have a door of your home open straight into the pool area – even though the door is locked, or if the door is child resistant. You must have a pool fence additionally installed beyond the door. If you have a patio or veranda, this must either sit outside of the pool fence, or if you really want it in the pool area, it must only be accessible through a compliant pool fence. Likewise, for windows, these can not manage to offer direct access to the pool area. You will ought to make certain these windows are child-resistant and only partially openable.

Exclusion Zone:
When considering the pool fence, it has to be at least 1200mm high, but there must also be a reliable non-climbable zone. This non-climbable zone, or exclusion zone is drawn in a circle from the very top of the fence and you must not have anything at all within 900mm of the top of the zone, and not have climbable objects within 1200mm of the top of the fence. Keep in mind that this is a 3D zone, and so you have to consider how close objects are to the fence.
If you have a long-term object within the 1200mm of the fence, you need to consider if this would decrease the effective height of the pool fence and make you non-compliant. If you can not move the object, you can solve this by increasing the level of the fencing to make sure that it is 1200mm above the height of the object.

Source: Queensland Government swimming pool barrier guidelines.

If you are not sure if you have a Pool Safety certificate for your property, or if unsure if it is current, you can actually check the Pool Safety Register

If you have an existing pool and are concerned about any of these parts, you can get in touch with us on 1300 937 902 and we will be happy to talk through your fencing inquiries, and even get you in contact with a registered pool fencing assessor if you are troubled about compliance.

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