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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Pool registration deadline extended by 6 months to November

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Tuesday, May 03, 2011

    Pool registration deadline extended by 6 months to November

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas today announced the government had decided to grant a six month amnesty for people to register their swimming pools on the State Government’s pool register

    Mr Lucas said people would now have until November 4 to record their pool on the register.

    “Given the focus on recovery efforts following the January floods and Cyclone Yasi, the Government has decided to push the May 4 deadline back to November 4,” he said.

    “Queenslanders and their councils have had so many challenges this year that a delay in mandatory registration until later this year is just common sense.

    “Today’s decision will not compromise the safety of children as new laws around pools and pool fencing have been in place since December 2009 and were strengthened again in December 2010.

    “Previously we have had no way of knowing how many pools there are in Queensland, or where they are located. This register is an important part of our total pool safety strategy.

    “The register is very important as it will ultimately allow us to monitor and regulate pools across the state.

    “It will provide statistical information enabling us to undertake future reviews, better promote pool safety awareness, and support a pool safety inspection system.”

    Mr Lucas said local governments had already been helping populate the register from their own records.

    “We’ve got around 230,000 pools on the books via council information, but we need to ensure the register is as comprehensive as possible,” Mr Lucas said.

    “While many councils have records on pools that go back for decades, this data may be out of date.

    “So we need every pool owner to check the register at or call 1800 340 634 to make sure their pool is registered and their details are correct.”

    The register was established on 1 December 2010 and provides residents, local governments, pool safety inspectors, and the Pool Safety Council with a central source of information about regulated pools.

    Local Governments that have registered pools in their area include:

    Banana Shire Council, Cook Shire Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Logan City Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Bulloo Shire Council, Brisbane City Council, Redland Shire Council, Mackay Regional Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council, Cairns City Council, Weipa Town Authority, Sunshine Coast Council, Ipswich City Council, Townsville City Council, Quilpie Shire Council, Somerset Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, Central Highland Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, Gold Coast City Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Etheridge Shire Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Paroo Shire Council, Whitsunday Regional Council, Mt Isa City Council.

    ·Pool owners need to ensure their pool has been registered at or by calling 1800 340 634. If the register notes there is a pool against that address by displaying a ‘1’, then no more needs to be done by the owner to confirm registration. If there is no pool recorded, the pool owner simply has to click on the relevant link located at the top of the register and enter the details in the pop-up window.

    ·Note: 'No current certificate' means that a pool safety certificate (form 23) has not been issued for the property. A pool safety certificate is only required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. If a property with a non shared pool is not sold or leased, the pool owner is not required to have an inspection carried out or hold a valid pool safety certificate. They must simply ensure their pool complies with the new pool safety standard by 30 November 2015.

    ·Penalties may apply for pool owners whose pools are not on the register after 4 November 2011.

    Media contact: Deputy Premier’s office – Thea Phillips 0400 232 341