The purpose of the code is to:
- set standards of conduct and professionalism expected from swimming pool safety inspectors in the performance of pool safety inspection functions
- inform the community of the standards of conduct and professionalism expected from inspectors
- provide consumer, regulatory, judicial, employment and professional bodies with a basis for making decisions regarding standards of conduct and professionalism expected from inspectors.
The code sets binding standards of conduct for swimming pool safety inspectors when they perform a pool safety inspection function under the Act in Queensland. A breach of the code may make a swimming pool safety inspector liable for disciplinary action under the Act.
A pool safety inspector's duty is to act in the public interest in performing a pool safety inspection function. When a pool safety inspector contravenes the code of conduct it is considered that they are not acting in the public interest.
A complaint can be made to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) if a person believes a ground for disciplinary action exists against a pool safety inspector. Grounds for disciplinary action include an alleged breach of the code of conduct. The QBCC is also the authority which licences, audits and investigates swimming pool safety inspectors.