f you reside on the Gold Coast with a mobility disability you may be eligible to request an exemption to the Queensland Pool Fencing Regulations if it affects your ability to get access to and use your pool.
In Queensland and around Australia there are strict pool fencing laws that every pool owner must adhere to or face a harsh penalty.
The regulations in Queensland mean that you have to have a pool fence that is:

  • Must not have any doors or windows open directly into the pool area, avoiding the fence.
  • The latch has to be 1500mm from the ground level and 1400mm from the lowest horizontal rail.At the very least 1200mm high
  • Has no gaps greater that 100mm under the barrier
  • Must have a self-close latch that shuts from any open position
  • No gaps bigger than 100mm in between vertical posts or panels in the fence
  • Should not have any climbable objects within 900mm of the fence as this would decrease the effective height below 1200mm
  • Must have a CPR sign presented in the pool area.

However, for some men and women in our community this can be challenging to adhere to if you have a disability. One of the most common examples is for people in wheelchairs. If you are in a wheelchair, there should be nothing in the law preventing you from enjoying your pool. However, it can be a problem if you need to have the gate latch located at 1500mm above the ground because it can be out of easy grasp of a person in a wheelchair.
If you have a disability which makes it impractical to comply with the Queensland Pool Fencing regulations you can get in touch with the local council to obtain an exemption. However, you can only get an exemption to the rules if the current rule will deny you access to the pool, and if you in fact live on the property where the pool is located.
Any exemption permitted will only cover the level necessary to overcome the unworkability of the rule– that means that if you are allowed to lower the gate latch, you can not just ignore the remainder of the rules.
If you have to apply for an exemption, the very best place to begin would be getting in touch with the Queensland building and construction commission or the talk to the ‘Pool fencing on private property’ contact with the Gold Coast City Council
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