Pool Fencing - Queensland

Service summary

The Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) is responsible for developing the pool safety policy and legislation, including the pool safety standard.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is responsible for pool safety inspector licensing, compliance and disciplinary functions.

To assist pool owners to understand the pool fencing requirements the department has developed guidelines and factsheets which can viewed at http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/PoolSafety. The Commission have also published information and an interactive check list to assist pool owners. These can be viewed at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au.

Individuals can appeal to the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees about matters which relate to the Building Act 1975, including the following:

  • a local governments decision to grant or refuse an exemption from part of the pool safety standard
  • a QBCC decision about a pool safety management plan
  • a local government decision to cancel a pool safety certificate
  • a pool safety inspectors decision that a barrier fails to comply with the pool safety standard and issue a nonconformity notice.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

No specific eligibility criteria apply.


No fees apply for the guidelines, fact sheets or material published online. However, there are fees associated with bringing a matter before the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee.

Publications Details

Publications Available:

  • Guidelines for pool owners, property agents, local governments and pool safety inspectors
  • Factsheets -
  1. Dividing fences
  2. Information for local governments
  3. Leasing a property with a pool
  4. Queensland pool safety laws
  5. Selling a property with a pool
  6. Tips to make your pool safer
  7. Stay Swim Safe
  8. Does your pool pass the test?
  • homeowner pool barrier checklist

Additional information


To have your swimming pool fence inspected, contact a licensed pool safety inspector through the pool safety register at http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/pool-safety-inspectors.

All swimming pools on residential land have been required to comply with the pool safety standard from 1 December 2015.


AS 1926.1-2007: Swimming pool safety, Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools

AS 1926.2-2007: Swimming pool safety, Part 2: Location of safety barriers for private swimming

For a copy of the applicable Australian Standards contact SAI Global Limited, Level 37, 680 George street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Administering agency

Department of Housing and Public Works

Act(s) name

Building Act 1975 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Building Regulation 2006 (Queensland)

Contact details

Policy and Legislation
Strategic Policy (QBCC and Building)
Department of Housing and Public Works

Operating address:
Level 16
41 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000


07 3237 1248

Supporting information


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